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Keeping your swimmers healthy this winter.

Posted on Feb 03 2016

Keeping your swimmers healthy this winter.

As we all know, this is the time of year that colds and flus catch up with us and lay us low.  Over the holidays we had too much going on, too many late nights, and too much bad food; back in the routine there is school work, exam preparation, and added athletic intensity leading up to competitions.  All of these things lead up to a chance of too much mental stress, too much physical stress, a chance of over training, a chance of being over-tired – which then leads to a greater risk of injury and illness.  

Things that can help keep the bugs away: get enough sleep! 8 hours is a minimum for athletes. 10 is better!  Drink lots of fluids - keeping well hydrated no matter what the weather is important.  Eat enough.  Now is not the time to skimp on “good” calories.  Veggies and fruit are always important, but keep in mind that your swimmers are burning 1000s (yes, 1000s) of calories each day.  Carbohydrates (breads, pastas, potatoes…) and proteins (tofu, chicken, beef…) are important to provide energy and repair/build muscle. 

**Iron Deficiency**

As a swim coach, I cannot give advice on taking supplements.  This being said, it is important that athletes (both male and female) and menstruating females have their iron monitored on a regular basis.  Symptoms of Iron Deficiency can include: 

If your child develops signs and symptoms that suggest iron deficiency see your doctor. Don’t self-diagnose Iron deficiency anemia or begin taking iron supplements on your own. Overloading the body with iron can be dangerous because excess iron can damage the liver and can cause death in small children.


Last changed: Feb 08 2016 at 12:27 AM

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