|Pass the Water: Hydration Tips to Keep You in the Game
As the temperatures rise, it's especially important to stay hydrated before, during and after play. The tips below will help keep you performing at your best.
Before hitting the court:
- Limit/avoid caffeinated beverages especially right before and after match play.
- Consume enough fluids throughout the day so urine is a light or pale yellow color before starting a match.
- Drink 17 to 20 oz. of fluid within 2 hours pre-match.
- Thirst is not a good indicator of hydration level. Players should consume 5-10 oz. of fluid every 15-20 minutes.
- Have a minimum of 2 liters available courtside.
- Favor sports drinks to enhance rehydration. Sports drinks contain carbohydrates and electrolytes, like sodium. Sodium replacement is important since a significant amount of sodium can be lost through sweat.
- Replace 150 percent of body fluids lost or at least 20 oz. per pound of weight lost within 2 hours of a match.
- Avoid high-protein and high-fat foods as these will contribute to dehydration.
Find more hydration and nutrition tips at Active.com.
|Get the Kids on the Court!
Keep your children active and healthy this summer by getting them involved in tennis. Not only will kids reap the physical benefits of the sport, but they will also be exposed to sportsmanship and teamwork while developing hand-eye coordination and motor control. The United States Tennis Association put together a list of Ten Things Kids Should Know About Tennis
that will help introduce the game.
If your child has already shown an interest in learning tennis, we have youth classes and camps available all summer long. Outdoor tennis camps
run weekly Mon-Fri from 9 am to noon. We also offer indoor tennis camps
in the afternoon from 1 to 4 pm in our air-conditioned bubble.
|What to Know Before Racquet Restringing
Before you go to get your racquet restrung, you should think about the following items that will help your stringing center choose a string best for you and your game.
- Describe your game - "I hit hard," or "I need more power." You might need more or less tension based on your game.
- Do you have any arm problems?
- Do you just need durability or is comfort of the string important also?
Owl Creek Municipal Tennis Center
Location: 928 S. Birdneck Road, Virginia Beach | Phone: (757) 385-2695
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9am - 9pm | Saturday and Sunday: 9am - 5pm
|We welcome your comments and questions. Feel free to email us at email@example.com.
Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is accredited by CAPRA,
the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association.