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Drink up!

Proper hydration helps drive peak performance.

Drink up!

Proper hydration helps drive peak performance.

You can never start hydration too early

Growing athletes seeking peak performance must make sure they are always fully hydrated, not just when playing their sport.

“You can never start hydration too early,” explained Evan Werk, MD, Banner Health sports medicine and family medicine physician. “A constant and consistent level of hydration will improve performance.”

In fact, experts say athletes who are fully hydrated perform better than those who are dehydrated. Specific recommendations for hydration can vary based on every athlete, their level of activity, and the environment in which they are playing.

Read more from Dr. Werk about smart hydration practices, including water versus sports drinks, for your young athlete.

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Offering support for youth athletes

You do your best to keep your young sports star healthy and injury-free. But if injuries happen or a check-up to discuss prevention is needed, Banner Health’s sports medicine experts are in your corner. We treat you and your young sports star with compassion and a commitment to their comfort, care and recovery.

We want to see you back at the top of your game as quickly and safely as possible. Learn more about the conditions we treat and how we screen for and diagnose sports injuries and musculoskeletal pain.

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Care begins with a safe place

Banner is making sure you don’t have to choose between safety and getting the care you need. That’s a promise we put into practice. Here is what you can expect, at a minimum, in any of our locations to ensure that you’re in a safe place for care.

  • 100% of our Banner physicians can see patients remotely via telehealth video.
  • Virtual waiting rooms are available for all telehealth and in-person physician office visits.
  • Banner clinics have reconfigured waiting-room layouts to maintain proper social distancing.
  • Anyone scheduled for surgery has a COVID-19 test prior to surgery.
  • Banner hospitals have entrances for surgical patients to avoid lobbies or waiting areas with other patients.
  • Patients, employees and visitors at all Banner locations are continuously masked.
  • All employees and visitors are screened for COVID-19 symptoms prior to entering facilities.
  • Lobbies and high-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected frequently.
  • At Banner hospitals, all COVID-19 patients are kept in separate and strictly isolated quarters.

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