Welcome to the Athletic Training Corner. Here you will find information on pertinent topics related to athletic injuries and/or performance. This information is updated monthly by Thompson Health's athletic training staff.
Each month’s topic will be relevant to the types of sports going on at the time. You can read the topic here or download a copy and share it.
PROPER HYDRATION FOR PERFORMANCE
Important Guidelines for Coaches
Studies have found that when athletes lose as little as 2% of their body weight through sweating that the heart must work harder to circulate blood.
Am I hydrated?
Urine Color Chart
This urine color chart is a simple tool you can use to assess if you are drinking enough fluids throughout day to stay hydrated.
If your urine matches to the colors numbered 1, 2, or 3 you are hydrated.
If your urine matches the color numbered 4 through 8 you are dehydrated and need to drink for more fluid.
Be aware if you are taking single vitamin supplements or a multivitamin supplement, some of the vitamins in the supplements can change the color of your urine for a few hours, making it bright yellow or discolored.
If you are taking a vitamin supplement, you may need to check your hydration status using another tool.