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Kids are back in school and that means it’s time for football! Young high school athletes take the field tomorrow to kick off the season, and with temperatures expected to soar into the 90s, coaches and parents should remember the importance of staying hydrated.

Did you also know that kids are at a higher risk for dehydration and heat illness compared to adults? Children have a lower sweating capacity and produce more heat during physical activity than adults, which makes them more prone to dehydration. Each year more than 9,000 high school athletes are treated for heat illness in the United States. That’s one kid every hour of every day.

But this is an easy problem to fix. Drinking water on a regular basis – before, during and after physical activity – can help prevent these avoidable trips to the emergency room. It also can play a leading role in a young athlete’s playing performance for the big game.

The question is then: How much water is enough?

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