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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Fun in the Sun

The Special Olympics was in town over the weekend. Actually, they were all over Western MA, events included bocce, baseball, cycling, fishing, and on and on. I had the great opportunity to provide sports massage to competitors in Easthampton at Nonotuck Park.
I had such a great time that I nearly wore myself out. I had forgotten the RE rules of summer; re-apply, re-hydrate, re-fuel.
A good rule of thumb for sunblock is to reapply at least every two hours and ultimately, if you have to think about how long it's been since you applied - re-apply.
Rules for re-hydration, nearly constant, drink water and more water, juice and -ades can be okay, iced coffee and alcohol don't count as hydration even worse - they can have the opposite effect which can be very dangerous.
Re-fuel - be sure to eat something. Have snacks throughout the day, PB&J is a great take-along - any combo of carbs, protein, and maybe a little sugar - the more sugar the more often you will feel the need to eat - think of sugar as filling your gas tank to just above empty while proteins get you closer to full, and carbs are most useful in the morning and better in moderation throughout the day.
Luckily, I did not get sun damage, dehydration, or any of the other summer dreads. This could have been partly because my station was arms length from the First Aid station - Thanks Jeanne :). As summer winds down we all start to relax about the rules - keep them in mind and have a good time.

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