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Sweat and thirst: The exercise hydration knowledge of coaches and PE teachers in Singapore
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Research Brief;13-003;
Safe regimens are a pre-requisite for children and youths who exercise and train in the hot and humid weather of Singapore. Coaches and Physical Education (PE) teachers have an important role in providing young people with up-to-date exercise hydration knowledge before, during and after exercise. However, it is not known if such professionals have the requisite knowledge and this was the main rationale for the study. Participants of this study consisted of 193 coaches and 164 PE teachers. They completed a 31-item exercise hydration knowledge quiz, with an established construct and content validity. An average competence score of 64.0±11.6% and a low passing rate of 7.8% were observed. At the 90th percentile, both coaches and PE teachers, had quiz scores of 77.4%, below the minimum passing score of 80%. Overall, professionals dealing with youths do not yet have the minimum competence in terms of exercise hydration knowledge and educational efforts at ameliorating this deficiency are recommended.
This brief was based on the project OER 22/10 MC: Hydration and Fluid Replacement Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviours in Heat-Acclimatized Singaporean Youths.
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