According to a University of North Carolina study 33 football players have died due to heat stroke since 1995. In 2008 heat stroke and heart related issues caused the death of nearly twice as many football players as onfield injuries.
Perceptions have changed regarding the need for fluids in the athletic community. For example, the need to stop practicing to drink water used to be seen as a sign of weakness for football players, it is now seen as a vital part of their routine.
As annual football camps begin to start, KKCO Sports reminds viewers of the importance of staying hydrated when outdoors and provides a guide for proper hydration when planning any outdoor activity.
Hydration Table - How Much Fluid You Need:
• 6-8 oz. 1 hour before activity
• 6-8 oz. 30 minutes before activity
• 6-8 oz. Every 20-30 during activity
• 16-32 oz. Following activity