Hulmeville Soccer Club
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Hulmeville Soccer Club is committed to providing a safe and friendly environment for all members.  This section of our website will outline our various programs and handouts to help educate our membership on key risk management, injury prevention and general player safety.  Please check back frequently for updates.

A note about the Risk Management Process for the Hulmeville Soccer Club:

It is now REQUIRED, that all coaches, assistant coaches, team mom's, trainers and anyone else who comes into frequent contact with HSC children membership complete a risk management process on EPYSA.org. 

Follow these steps:

1. Go to the above menu item, "Background Checks"

2. Follow the on-screen map directions and complete the online application(s).

3. List your role in club as team official, coach, assistant coach, aide, etc.

Youth Fluid Guidelines

Before the Game/Practice

Young players should be well hydrated.  

During Activity

• Drink early – even slight dehydration can compromise performance and increase the risk for heat-related illnesses.

• Young players should consume 5 to 9 ounces of fluid every 20 minutes while active.

• Sports drinks like Gatorade are preferred to water because research shows a young athlete will drink 90% more and stay better hydrated.

• Fluids with salt (sodium chloride), such as sports drinks, are also beneficial because they increase thirst and maintain voluntary fluid intake and help replace sodium lost through sweat.

• Keeping beverages cool at temperatures of 50 to 59 degrees is recommended.

Fluids to Avoid During Practice or Games

• During active occasions, carbonated beverages, such as soft drinks, can reduce voluntary drinking due to stomach fullness and throat burn when gulping.

• Caffeinated beverages have a mild diuretic effect and therefore could promote dehydration by increasing urine production during active occasions.

• Energy drinks should be avoided because many contain caffeine and have a high carbohydrate concentration, which slows fluid absorption.

• Fruit juices can slow fluid absorption and cause upset stomach during activity. 

Know the Warning Signs of Dehydration*

Dehydration during activity is a common problem and can place young athletes at risk for serious heat-related illness, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. That’s why it’s important to know the warning signs:

• Noticeable Thirst

• Decreased performance

• Fatigue

• Weakness

• Nausea

• Headache

• Muscle cramping

• Dark yellow urine (or no desire to urinate)

• Lightheaded feeling or dizziness

• Difficulty paying attention   

*Parents can insure young athletes are properly hydrated by checking the color of their urine. Dark, apple-juice like urine indicates that you need more fluid, whereas light, lemonade-like urine indicates good hydration status.

What should parents to if they think their child has a concussion?

1.     Seek medical attention right away. A health care professional will be able to decide how serious the concussion is and when it is safe for your child to return to sports.

2.     Keep your child out of play. Concussions take time to heal. Don't let your child return to play until a health care professional says it's 01<. Children who return to play too soon-while the brain is still healing-risk a greater chance of having a second concussion. Second or later concussions can be very serious. They can cause permanent brain damage, affecting your child for a lifetime.

3.     Tell your child's coach about any recent concussion. Coaches should know if your child had a recent concussion in ANY sport. Your child's coach may not know about a concussion your child received in another sport or activity unless you tell the coach.  

It's better to miss one game than the whole season.