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The Effect of Hydration on Sports Performance

Whether you're a professional athlete, a weekend warrior, or simply someone who enjoys staying active, the role of hydration in sports performance cannot be overstated. Proper hydration is essential for maintaining optimal physical and mental function, as well as maximizing athletic potential. Let’s take a closer look at the impact of hydration on athletic performance, and explore why staying properly hydrated is critical for optimal performance.

Staying hydrated is crucial for sports performance, with amazing health benefits. Adequate hydration helps regulate the body's temperature, optimizing the body’s cooling princess during exercise, while reducing the risk of heat-related illnesses. Proper hydration supports joint lubrication, which reduces the risk of injuries and promotes mobility and flexibility.1

Hydration plays a vital role in maintaining cognitive function, concentration, and reaction time, which are all essential for making quick decisions and performing at one's best.

In fact, hydration plays a significant role in preventing hip-related injuries and promoting overall hip health. The complexity of the hip joint requires proper lubrication and cushioning for mechanical function. Dehydration can lead to a decrease in synovial fluid, the lubricating fluid in the joint, resulting in increased friction and wear on the hip joint surfaces.2 Even mild levels of dehydration (3 to 5% of body weight) can hurt athletic performance. If you have not had enough fluids, your body cannot effectively cool itself through sweat and evaporation.

Proper hydration can positively affect an athlete's performance and physiological function, including your hip joints. Your hip’s health and performance depends on adequate hydration for functioning at the highest level possible. Hydration is a fundamental factor in maximizing endurance, strength, power, and potential to win the game.

Dr. Benjamin Domb, Founder and Medical Director at American Hip Institute, is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in Sports Medicine and Hip Arthroscopy. Dr. Domb is rated among the Top Doctors in the USA by the NY Times, US News & World Report, and Castle Connelly.

1. https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/heat-stress-and-exercise

2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3967437/

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