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Efficient Implementation of Weight Charts to Determine Hydration Changes Across Sport Settings (Recorded Webinar)

presented by Susan Yeargin, PhD, ATC

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Financial— Susan Yeargin receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. There are no other relevant financial relationships. Nonfinancial— No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 75 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 19 Minutes

This course is a recording of a previously hosted live webinar event. Polling and question submission features are not available for this recording. Format and structure may differ from standard MedBridge courses.

Preliminary research indicates 45% of ATs in sport settings do not use weight charts to measure hydration status due to administrative and time barriers. Practical solutions to these common barriers experienced by ATs in different sport settings will be provided. Moving beyond basic use of weight chart data (i.e., pre/post weight loss), attendees will learn how to establish valid baseline weights, calculate percent hydration changes, and quickly determine individual fluid interventions. Developing policies and using an intraprofessional approach will allow clinicians to address athlete hydration concerns individually to improve performance and prevent clinical conditions.

Meet Your Instructor

Susan Yeargin, PhD, ATC

Susan Yeargin is an associate professor of athletic training at the University of South Carolina. She serves on NATA's pronouncements and research committees. She was a task force member and author of the "Preseason Heat-Acclimatization Guidelines for Secondary School Athletics" and a coauthor of the recent NATA position statement update on exertional heat illnesses. She…

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1. Implementation Efficacy

A variety of scenarios regarding accessibility and privacy issues will be presented for attendees to determine which can be practically implemented at their clinical sites and in their sports. Advantages and disadvantages of weight chart methods, units of measure, and timing will also be discussed.

2. Calculations and Interventions

Attendees will practice using three different calculations used in determining hydration status changes with weight chart results. The need for implementing each calculation for different purposes will be discussed, along with practically applying fluid interventions.

3. Baseline Weights

The need for a baseline weight in weight charts will be discussed, followed by different methods to validate such weight. When to determine the baseline weight and reverify it will be discussed as well.

4. Policies

Developing policies for withholding and returning athletes in practices will be covered, with liberal and conservative options presented. Integrating the health care team to support such policies will be discussed.

5. Q&A

This segment is a viewer-submitted question and answer session, which will be facilitated by Susan Yeargin.

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