As the start of school approaches, so does practice for fall sports.
In this heat, water is like an extra teammate for kids baking in the sun.
At Desert Breeze Park, a local youth football team practiced in full pads for the first time Wednesday in 108-degree heat.
"There's always more worry when it's hotter putting pads on," said coach James Farias. "We've been out here already for two weeks without pads to get the kids used to being in the heat and running in the heat."
Dehydration is always a concern, but water is always right there for the players on breaks or during drills.
"We give them several water breaks," Farias said. "Usually three, but when it's this hot, it will be closer to four. We try to break them every 30 minutes or so."
Dr. Daliah Wachs said frequency is a key to keeping your body hydrated.
"Frequent breaks to get fluids into you is crucial," Wachs said. "So when your kids are out there playing in the heat, don't wait until halftime. Every 10 or 15 minutes, make sure they're getting fluids. It's better that they get fluids in regular increments than try to bolus them and catch up."
Wachs said the amount you should drink depends on your weight and activity.
The key is to drink water before you get thirsty, because by then your body is already becoming dehydrated.
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