Winter Sports Tips from Gatorade and $50 Dicks Giftcard Giveaway

Dehydration during winter sports is a real problem, athletes might not feel as hot as they would in summer so fluid intake is not as much as it should be. Gatorade requested that I share these tips from Brooke de Lench to help raise awareness of dehydration during winter sports and activities. They have also sponsored this great giveaway.

Helping Student Athletes Perform Their Best

With the school sports season underway, the nation’s 30 million middle and high school athletes face challenges like never before. Competition for roster spots, playing time and athletic scholarships is at an all-time high. Mothers of these athletes are equally challenged with ensuring their kids perform their best in school and on the playing field. To help, sports parenting expert Brooke de Lench – a mom, former athlete, youth coach, author and founder of the sports parenting resource – recommends the following game plan:

Blow the Whistle at Bedtime. Studies show that students need nine hours of sleep but only get about seven. Set a consistent “lights out” time for turning off the computer, cell phone and television so young athletes get the rest they need. Consider docking texting and gaming devices away from their bedroom to reduce late-night distractions.

Fuel the Burn. Active young athletes need at least 3,000 calories per day for peak performance, so they need to eat very frequently. Help them maintain energy throughout the day by sending them off with healthy, high-carb, low-fat snacks such as energy bars, trail mix or dried fruit to munch at their desks (if it’s ok with the teacher). Students with early morning workouts should eat two breakfasts – one before the workout and one before school.  So, send athletes to practice with a snack to help them recover and refuel.

Be Proactive About Hydration. Staying hydrated during the school day is challenging. In fact, studies show that many student athletes start their sports already dehydrated, making it difficult for them to catch up during activity.  For safety and performance reasons athletes need to be hydrated no matter what the season, and water isn’t enough because it doesn’t hydrate as effectively as a sports drink like Gatorade that is scientifically formulated with fluid, electrolytes and carbohydrates to rapidly replace what athletes lose through sweat and provide energy to keep them at the top of their game.

Use Sports Sense to Power Schoolwork. Great athletes are disciplined, focused and dedicated. Help young athletes channel these qualities to manage their schoolwork as well. Encourage them to use free time at school to review notes or knock off smaller assignments. Also, coach them to tackle the tough stuff first. Young athletes will be tired after sports, so they should finish priority and difficult homework earlier in the day.

Don’t Forget the Fun. Youth sports may be increasingly competitive, but the top reason kids play sports is to enjoy the game. Look out for warning signs that students are struggling to enjoy the experience, and work with them to find a solution. Warning signs include: complaints of sickness at practice or game time; slow return to practice after injury; nervousness, anxiety or anger before, during or after the game; practices well but plays poorly.

Brooke de Lench is the author of Home Team Advantage: The Critical Role of Mothers in Youth Sports.

Gatorade is going to give one Jabbering Jessi reader a prize pack which includes a 6-pack of Gatorade G2 and a $50 Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card.

This giveaway is open US Only.
Ends Dec 16, 2010 @ 11:59 PM EST
(Winners will have 24 hours to respond to my email before I choose a new winner)

Thank you to Gatorade for this awesome giveaway.

I Disclose


  1. Rebecca Graham says:

    I have never suffered dehydration. I have watched my son’s football team practice and they came pretty close to dehydration.

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  4. Natalia says:

    One time, from Rotovirus(stomack flu), it was SOOO terrible!

  5. John says:

    Just so dehidrated people on Discovery Health Channel, terrible and dangerous!

  6. Melanie B says:

    I have suffered deyhydration when being out in the AZ sun a few times.

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  8. Mami2jcn says:

    I think I’ve suffered from dehydration. They say that the number one cause of headaches is dehydration.

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  12. debp says:

    I have. It just so happened, I had my first gallbladder attack. I was really busy that day, and hadn’t drunk any water. I ended up in the hospital. It was really bad.

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  14. Margaret Smith says:

    I’ve never suffered from dehydration, but I did see see my nephew suffer from it when he was hiking one time. Thanks so much for this wonderful giveaway

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  18. Carol W. says:

    I’ve never specifically seen anyone dehydrated, but I am aware of its serious effects.

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  20. Betty says:

    I suspect anyone who has suffered thru stomach flu has been dehydrated. Thus the push to keep up with fluids while sick. Fortunately it is not prolonged to the point where myself or anyone I know has been specifically treated for dehydration.

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  24. Tari L. says:

    No I have not. However, I have heard stories of my father-in-law doing so.

  25. Shawna OBrien says:

    I saw my mom someone suffer from dehydration when I was a child, but I’ve never suffered from dehydration.

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    i suffered from dehydratiopn when even affected my eyes
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  30. Lydia says:

    I have suffered from dehydration before when I used to be a runner.

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  34. Laura says:

    I did suffer from dehydration once in high school while running track. I drank a lot of Gatorade before feeling better again.

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  36. Adrienne Gordon says:

    Yes, during my husbands’ Ironman.

  37. Heather S says:

    No havent suffered from it or known anyone who has. I do know it is easy for it to happen so I try to drink lots of water when I am active

  38. Josefine says:

    I have never suffered from real dehydration but I ahve come close – as soon as I get that headache I start drinking.

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  40. Jessie C. says:

    I personally have never experienced dehydrated but witnessed once in our community marathon event.

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  46. Shane R. says:

    Yes, we’ve seen a 5-year-old child have to go to the hospital due to dehydration!

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  49. Lesley Mitchell says:

    I have never seen anyone who has been dehydrated … we try really hard to keep all the kids drinking a lot of water/Gatorade during sports activities.


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