Whether you are training over a prolonged period or playing hard during a competition, hydration can keep you at peak performance and help you avoid serious health risks.
Dehydration in athletes can lead to decreased coordination, fatigue, headaches, and muscle cramps. Additional heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke, have even more severe consequences.
It’s important for athletes to pay attention to how much water they’re drinking before, during, and after exercise. Follow these guidelines to decrease your risk of dehydration and related problems while keeping active: