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4/11/2012 11:07 AM RssIcon

Lack of water intake can result in the athletes tiring more quickly and exercise can seem more difficult. The following may occur due to the lack of water intake:

  • Poor concentration, co-ordination and reaction time
  • Increased body temperature resulting in increased risk of heat stress/exhaustion
  • Increased use of carbohydrate leading to quicker fatigue
  • Increased heart rate/cardiovascular strain

When exercising
, athletes can lose water from the body in a variety of ways;

  • sweating
  • urination,

Smaller losses of water are lost through

  • heavy breathing and
  • faecal losses

Drinking water
on a daily basis is an essential point to get across to athletes. Water has many functions in the body. Water:

  • Circulates nutrients around the body
  • Removes waste products
  • Helps to keep the body temperature regulated

Signs of Dehydration

  • Thrist
  • Fatigue
  • Dark coloured urine
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle cramps

Tips for coaches to promote hydration

  • Encourage athletes to drink water regularly
  • Take plenty of water breaks during a training session
  • Remind athletes to bring there own water bottles with them and to wash them regularly
  • On a hot day, make sure athletes drink water more regularly
  • Make athletes aware of the symptoms of dehydration


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