You work hard on the field, making sure you’ve mastered every skill and memorized every play.
For hours each week, you’re working hard, pouring your blood, sweat, and tears into your sport.
Whether you’re working out to stay in shape, joined a league for fun, or sports are your profession, you know that staying properly hydrated is important for your overall performance.
But can dehydration actually increase your risk of getting injured?
As you workout or participate in sports, your body loses water through sweat.
When it’s hot outside, especially if you’re practicing during the hottest times of day, you lose water even faster.
Lack of water leads to muscle tension and cramping. Tense muscles are less pliable and can’t move as well, which can lead to a variety of problems.
If you’ve got dehydration-induced muscle tension, you are at increased risk for:
Additionally, dehydration can lead to heat exhaustion, or a sudden increase in body temperature.
Heat exhaustion can cause you to become dizzy, disoriented, fatigued, or to develop headaches. Any of these conditions can decrease your ability to perform well on the field, leading you to be at an increased risk of injury.
No matter how hard or lightly you exercise, you need to stay properly hydrated for your level of activity and the weather.
However, many athletes work against themselves when it comes to staying hydrated.
Rather than picking up a bottle of plain water, many reach for sports drinks or drinks with electrolytes. The truth is, though, that most casual exercisers and even many athletes don’t actually need the extra electrolytes.
Being out in the hot sun or high humidity also impacts your body’s ability to stay hydrated, so you need to be sure to adjust your hydration habits accordingly.
It isn’t always easy to remember to drink your water, especially before you head to practice. To help you stay hydrated and performing well all season long, here are some tips:
At The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics - MMI Division, we want to keep you operating at peak performance, even when you’ve been injured. Our team of highly skilled and experienced orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine doctors, and physical therapists can get you back on the field faster. Schedule an appointment today!