PILOT NEWS HEALTH TOPIC: Hydration is necessary for athletes, spectators

PLYMOUTH – From the most amateur to professionals, all athletes battle against dehydration as part of any workout or competition, but even those just out enjoying summer fun or mowing the lawn need be aware that staying hydrated is important for them too.

“The first sign of dehydration is thirst,” said Ryan Carroll, Certified Athletic Trainer for St. Joseph Regional Medical Center and the Athletic Trainer for Plymouth High School. “If you enter an event thirsty you are already in trouble. Symptoms progress after that to fatigue, dizziness, light headedness, and pale skin.

“Cramping comes along shortly after that and then heat exhaustion sets in,” Carroll said. “Symptoms of heat exhaustion are headache, nausea, profuse sweating, weakness, and cool/clammy skin.

“The next step in the process is heat stroke. This can be seen through high body core temps, confusion, irrational behavior, irritability, disorientation and loss of consciousness.”

(For recommendations on how to treat these conditions, read the complete article in the July 8 edition of the Pilot News.)