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doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181aedff2
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Heat and Hydration Considerations for Junior and Collegiate Tennis Players

Johnson, Evan C MA1; Armstrong, Lawrence E PhD2

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Abstract

HEAT AND HYDRATION MAY NOT BE THE FIRST CONSIDERATIONS OF TOURNAMENT DIRECTORS, COACHES, AND ATHLETES, WHEN PREPARING FOR TENNIS. HOWEVER, HEALTH RISKS AND PERFORMANCE DECREMENTS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH BOTH. THE DEMANDS OF TENNIS, PARTICULARLY DURING MULTI-DAY TOURNAMENTS, PREDISPOSE PLAYERS TO INCREASED CORE BODY TEMPERATURE AND LARGE FLUID LOSSES. THIS COMBINATION OF FACTORS CAN LEAD TO DECREASED PERFORMANCE AND EXERTIONAL HEAT ILLNESSES SUCH AS HEAT CRAMPS, HEAT SYNCOPE, OR HEAT EXHAUSTION. BY IDENTIFYING INDIVIDUAL FLUID AND SALT NEEDS, DESIGNING A REPLACEMENT PLAN, AND REDUCING CORE BODY TEMPERATURE DURING AND BETWEEN MATCHES, ATHLETES CAN OPTIMIZE PERFORMANCE WHILE MINIMIZING RISK OF HEAT ILLNESS.

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