Summer Gear

Its important to stay hydrated and wear light layers of clothing while playing flag football in the summer months. One of the keys to preventing dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat strokes is to have fluid breaks at least every thirty to forty-five minutes. Sports drinks are recommended instead of water because they replace electrolytes lost in sweat and contain carbohydrates for energy.

Wear lighter clothing! Studies have shown that football uniforms cause additional heat stress by decreasing dry heat loss by 42% and tripling the resistance to heat loss through evaporation similar to what an athlete would experience by wearing a heavy, three-piece men's business suit. Players should therefore wear limited football practice gear whenever possible (i.e. light-colored, lightweight cotton or mesh shorts)