They were the top two picks in the 2015 NBA draft and only getting better…at basketball. But this offseason, Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell gave volleyball a shot.
After a quick lesson from silver medalist, April Ross, the hoops stars took on some professional volleyball players (Geena Urango and Lauren Fendrick) as part of Gatorade’s “Beat The Heat” program. Despite a valiant effort (and Russell’s prediction), both are likely to stick to basketball.
The Beat the Heat program, which is now in its 13th year, teaches youth athletes the importance of heat safety and staying hydrated during the hot summer months.
“It’s critical for athletes, coaches, parents and trainers to know the warning signs of dehydration and heat illness and consistently monitor for these symptoms, especially in the hot summer months,” said Dr. James Carter, Director of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI). “Sweat is comprised of more than just water, so sports drinks that contain electrolytes help to effectively retain and regulate fluids. Additionally, the consumption of carbohydrates found in sports drinks can help an athlete’s performance."
Research shows that dehydration or poor hydration can impair performance and increase the risk for heat illness.i To minimize the risk of fluid imbalances, athletes should take frequent hydration breaks, preferably in the shade where possible, and monitor for symptoms of heat illness which may include nausea, headache, fatigue, rapid heart rate or shortness of breath.
i. Casa, D., DeMartini, J., Bergeron, M., Csillan, D., Eichner, R., Lopez, R., Ferrara, M., Miller, K., O’Connor, F., Sawka, M., & Yeargin, S. (2015). National Athletic Trainers’ Association Position Statement: Exertional Heat Illnessess.Journal of Athletic Training 50(9):1-15.