This content has been clinically reviewed by Maneesha Agarwal, MD.
Try as we might to pack our kids’ gym bags, backpacks and lunchboxes with water bottles, it would appear that they’re still not getting enough to drink—especially children who play sports.
About two-thirds of young athletes are significantly dehydrated before practice, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. This not only impacts their performance on the field, it also puts them at increased risk of dangerous heat illnesses.
Even mild dehydration can cause headaches, irritability and reduced cognitive (thinking) functioning. More severe dehydration can lead to a trip to the emergency room for heat exhaustion or heatstroke.