Water affects athletic performance more than any other nutrient, and dehydration is the number one cause of performance-related fatigue and decline.
Adequate fluid balance is also important for optimal cognitive function and overall function as it relates to activities of daily living.
Multiple studies corroborate that dehydration impairs sprint performance, jump performance, resistance training, power production, recovery, and heart rate response.
Athletes: It’s important to stay hydrated throughout the day — before, during, and after training, practices, and games — whether you feel thirsty or not.
Coaches/Trainers: We’ve got to encourage hydration (via education) and incorporate hydration “stations” into athletes’ training, practices, and games, even (and especially) when they tell us they are “not thirsty.”
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