Q : If I'm sick or feel really wiped out, how do I know if I should just stay in bed or if I need to go to my college health clinic?
A: The distinction is not always clear-cut, but some symptoms are a definite sign you need to check in with your campus clinic:
You have a fever that lasts more than a week. If you have a fever of 102 or higher, go in right away.
You can't hold down any food. If you have severe diarrhea for more than two days or even mild diarrhea lasting a week, it's...
First things first. Before the season even starts, you should already be in shape.
“A lot of youth don’t think they need to get in shape,” says James Chesnutt, MD, a sports medicine specialist at Oregon Health & Sciences University. “They are couch potatoes right up to the first day of practice.”
Don’t let that be you. Practice is going to put a lot of strain on your muscles. Games are even more intense. You have to be prepared. Think about baseball. If you’re a pitcher and your arm isn’t up to the task, your game might not be the only thing to suffer. A weak arm is an easily injured arm.
Chesnutt, who coaches teen sports in Portland, Ore., tells his players that they need to start working out six weeks prior to the season, putting in an hour’s worth of exercise a day (something everyone should be doing already). That means a mix of lifting, cardio training, and active play that revs your heart.