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Know your H20

Warren County Lady Pioneer Caylie Sherrell takes a hydration break Thursday as the team prepares for the season.

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Now that we’re in the middle of the dog days of summer, and temperatures are often in the high 90s or even 100 degrees, it is critical to be aware of how the environment can affect both the performance and health of student-athletes. According to the Centers for Disease Control, heat illness during practice or competition is a leading cause of death and disability among U.S. high school athletes. An estimated 7.5 million students participate in high school sports each year. Although proper hydration is important year round, the increased temperature and humidity have to be taken into consideration in any sports program.

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