Dehydration during exercise is a common problem. Some young athletes can begin to suffer the consequences of dehydration if they become dehydrated by just 2 percent of their body weight during exercise in the heat.
Signs of Dehydration and Heat IllnessIf dehydration progresses unchecked, the risk of heat illness increases. Heat illness is best understood in three separate degrees of severity: heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and the most serious and deadly form, heat stroke. That’s why it’s important to recognize the warning signs:
- Noticeable Thirst
- Muscle Cramps
- Decreased Performance
- Lightheaded feeling or dizziness
- Difficulty paying attention