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Hydration During Practice for Athletes

Hydration and nutrition are the two most important aspects of your athletes recovery and training. If these two components are not exceptional, your athlete will be more prone to injury and overtraining.

Studies show that athletes practicing their sport, training, or actively recovering, NEED 16 FLUID OUNCES OF LIQUID…EVERY HOUR.

Now, if your athlete is not yet fully grown, you should scale this appropriately. For a 60 pound girl, you should use approximately 10-12 ounces of fluid per hour.

With this type of increase in fluid, it’s critical that your athletes eat a well balanced diet that is appropriate for their energy output.

We don’t want to increase fluid intake without making sure your athlete is getting great food into their body.

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Hydration Is Important for Athletes

How important in hydration for athletes?

I wouldn’t let an athlete participate in sports if they weren’t adequately hydrated. It’s just too dangerous.

Why invest time, money, and emotions into a sport for your athlete and then let them get injured for something as simple as hydration?

A dehydrated athlete loses eye control, mental control and physical control! We want you to protect your athlete, and it’s not as hard as you think.

Get your athlete a bottle they like to carry around, and make carrying the bottle around a habit.

So here’s an easy plan to help them get the hydration they need. For adults and older kids, we want them to have 4-5 gulps every hour their not in practice. Each gulp equals approximately 1 ounce. For skeletal immature athletes that are smaller, we’ll do 3-4 gulps every hour outside of practice.

During practice, for adults and older kids, it’s critical that they have 16 fluid ounces every hour of activity. The equals one regular water bottle. For our younger athletes, well do 12 fluid ounces every hour.

These are estimates and there are some exact calculations you can do, but we wanted to make this practical for you and your athletes.

Along with this increase in fluid intake, we want to make sure there are plenty of solids in their body. This is one of the reasons we suggest having 3 meals and 3 snacks every day. It gives the body what it needs to properly utilize the water you put into your body.

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What If I’m Not Hungry When I wake Up?

Regularly practicing athletes should be hungry and ready to eat again by the time morning arrives.

Many athletes complain that they are not hungry for breakfast when they wake up in the morning or they feel queasy at the thought of food.

99% of the time this is because an athlete is dehydrated. Once the athlete’s hydration has been corrected hunger will return in the morning like magic!

So how much liquid should an athlete be consuming?

Most studies stated that athletes should be drinking 16 fluid ounces of liquid while they’re working out and training!

  • 1 hour of practice = 16 fl oz
  • 2 hours of practice = 32 fl oz
  • 3 hours of practice = 48 fl oz
  • 4 hours of practice = 64 fl oz

And, as a general rule, you should drink about 3-4 fluid ounces every hour not in practice.  All you have to do is take 4-5 gulps every hour!  It’s that easy!

Fluid intake is one of the main factors in determining the strength, flexibility, and stamina of most athletes.

When they’re hydrated, they excel.  

When they’re dehydrated, you can see their performance decrease. 

Increase your liquid and you’ll see an incredible turn towards greatness in practice and games!.