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The Most Important Piece of Basketball Equipment: Water

May 2, 2012

Did you know the body has 2.6 million sweat glands? Participants will be using all of them during the fun summer basketball workouts at Shaka Smart Basketball Camps. These sweat glands jump into action when the body heats up—either from sports or from the summer heat. When sweat evaporates, it cools us down. Drinking water replaces the moisture we lose by sweating and keeps us from suffering from heat illness.

Being water conscious is key to growing healthy athletes, which is why the camp store is well stocked with water and athletic drinks.

Here are a few water facts:

Why is water so important for athletes and all other humans?

  • It washes waste from the body
  • It regulates the body temperature, which is particularly important in the summer and in growing bodies
  • It serves as a lubricant for joints
  • Replaces fluids lost through sweat
  • It is present in every cell in the body

Drink more water when:

  • You’re in the heat
  • During physical activity, such as sports
  • You have a fever, or
  • If you’re experiencing certain illnesses that cause diarrhea or vomiting

An easy way to make sure you’re getting enough water is to:

  • Take a water bottle with you and sip all day
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages, they are dehydrating

The health and safety of our budding athletes is a priority at Shaka Smart Basketball Camps. Our staff of professionals observe participants for any signs of illness or injury. It’s most important that campers alert a camp staff member if they feel sick.

For more information on the importance of staying well hydrated, check out the following sites:

http://american.redcross.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ItsHotOutHere

http://www.cdc.gov/Features/ExtremeHeat/

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