Summer Junior Golf Tournaments: Critical Information About Proper Hydration

imageIn today’s Wednesday Waggle, we continue looking at summer junior golf tournaments and discuss more critical information about proper hydration.

Junior golf tournaments are fun, a lot of fun and S3 played in a bunch of them every summer. However they are golf’s version of a 5k, 10k or marathon. Walking 6, 9, 18 or 36 holes in hot weather takes a toll on everyone. So whether your child is an itty-bitty or a seasoned high school golfer, proper hydration is critical.

Your junior golfer is an athlete and your are now the parent of an athlete. Start thinking like the parent of an athlete. You are in charge and it’s up to you to guide your kiddo in ways that put them in a position to succeed. You set the tone in your family so if you and Mom or you and Dad do not drink water, it is time to change and start drinking water to set a good example. Don’t expect your youngster to drink water if you are not a water drinker. (photo of Jason Duffner from golfdigest.com)

Here are some helpful tips:
1. adults must set the example, period, as discussed above

2. drink some extra water during the 48-72 hours before an event, perhaps 20% more than normal. This is called “loading water”.

3. during an event your young golfer needs to be constantly sipping on water. Waiting until she is thirsty is not good during competition as her body is already being negatively affected by fluid loss.

image4. buy a 12-16 ounce refillable bottle, a good one made from stainless steel or nalgene or other polymer than does not leach chemicals into the water it contains. Yes, there are times we all have used the plastic bottles that are never to be refilled, but once in a while there is no other choice. Our kids must have water.

Volumes have been written about the importance of good clean water and proper hydration and our family’s favorite book is Your Body’s Many Cries for Water by F. Batmanghelidj, M.D., readily available on the web. Get it and share the information with your family. It is a great book with readily usable information.

What better legacy can you leave your kids than to ingrain them with healthy habits? Proper hydration is a great place to start.

See you on #1 tee…and everybody better have a water bottle… Sam

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