Indianapolis Colts' Joe Reitz helps trainers learn lineman's hydration

The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Clinical Symposia and AT Expos has started in Indianapolis, with information, products and advice for every athletic injury imaginable.

At least one NFL player will turn the tables by lending his advice to the trainers. USA Today reported that Indianapolis Colts guard Joe Reitz was scheduled to be a guest speaker Friday during a panel on hydration at the convention.

Reitz was set to talk about how hydration is different for a 6-foot-7, 325-pound guard than for a wiry soccer player. At the same event, the NATA will release updated guidelines for recognition and treatment of heat illnesses.

Reitz learned tricks from veteran players as well as nutritionists, such as eating healthy proteins and carbohydrates and using extra salt on his meals. And it's about more than just drinking a tall glass of water.

-- Bill Bradley, contributing editor

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