Now that school is officially back in session, college school sports are soon to be well underway and student-athletes are bringing their game, both on and off the field. With the fall sports season upon us, let’s talk about the importance of proper hydration. We at WaterMonster love college sports season, and we take pride in providing event water stations to keep athletes hydrated to maintain peak performance.
Whether you’re taking snaps on the football field, sprinting down the soccer field, or running cross-country, proper hydration is necessary for any athlete. Drinking the proper amount of water isn’t just important to maintaining peak performance during exercise, it’s also critical for preventing injury and potentially dangerous medical conditions. Our UltraSpout event water stations are ideal for keeping athletes hydrated.
On the performance side, proper hydration has several benefits that help athletes stay in the game longer. Water helps regulate body temperature, lubricates joints, and assists blood circulation. According to the American Heart Association, a well-hydrated athlete’s heart does not need to work as hard during physical activity. The improved blood flow also helps muscles work more efficiently.
Drinking the right amount of water also helps prevent injuries. Just like proper hydration aids the muscles, not drinking enough water can harm them. No one wants to leave in the middle of the game because of a cramp that could have been easily prevented. More serious medical conditions such as severe headaches, fatigue, and heatstroke can also be caused by a lack of hydration.
Although the dog days of summer will soon be behind us, and cooler temperatures will set in, staying hydrated is just as important. Athletes working hard at practice and training vigorously require more water than the standard 9-12 cups per day that most of us do. But the actual required amount will vary drastically depending on the individual, level of exercise, and the climate conditions. Our event water stations can also be utilized for not just water but also sports drinks to help replenish much-needed electrolytes for athletes.
Here are a few tips, courtesy of the American Heart Association, for monitoring and maintaining proper hydration during practices and games.
- Drinking before physical activity is crucial. It’s easier to come prepared versus trying to play catch up when you’re dehydrated.
- For every pound of sweat you lose, you should replenish at least one pint of water. Weigh yourself before and after and make sure you replenish any water that you lost via perspiration.
- Keep an eye on your urine color. The darker the urine color, the more water you need to drink.
- Active people sweat more; not sweating during vigorous activity is a sign that you’re dehydrated.
When it comes to maintaining proper hydration levels, experts agree—nothing beats good, old-fashioned water. So, the next time you’re about to hit the field, court, or gym, WaterMonster is there to keep athletes and attendees alike hydrated to ensure they perform their best with our event water stations. They’re convenient, portable, and will help you give your absolute best.