On the road to the next CHAMPIONSHIP hydration may be the most important topic we will cover. Our bodies are made mostly of water and many bodily functions require and use water. Staying properly hydrated and knowing how to rehydrate will help us reach our top potential as athletes. We have all heard the old saying, "you need to drink eight ounces of water a day." Well that is still right! However, that saying applies for the average person. A trained athlete will need to increase that intake to compensate the extra fluid loss during activity. Hydration will be a key component as we start football practice in the high heat and humidity of August and September. Some consequences of dehydration we are trying to stop are heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.
Below I will list a few of my hydration guidelines and some other websites to better understand hydration and rehydration.
1. Proper hydration starts before activity. Drink water and sports drinks throughout the day and stay away from caffeinated drinks.
2. Make sure to drink cold drinks. If they are cold you are more likely to drink and stay hydrated.
3. If you are practicing or competing for over an hour you need to also drink some type of sports drink to help compensate the lost of electrolytes.
4. Weigh yourself before and after activity. For every pound lost drink at least twenty ounces. If you are going to be competing or practicing again later that day you need to get a mixture of sport drinks and water.
Gatorade Sports Science Institute