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Exercise and Hydration: Individualizing Fluid Replacement Guidelines

Lopez, Rebecca M. PhD, ATC, CSCS

Strength & Conditioning Journal: August 2012 - Volume 34 - Issue 4 - p 49–54
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e318262e1d2
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SUMMARY: WHEN DEVELOPING FLUID REPLACEMENT GUIDELINES FOR EXERCISING INDIVIDUALS, A VARIETY OF FACTORS SHOULD BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION. THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS, INTENSITY LEVEL, DURATION OF EXERCISE, VARIABILITY IN SWEAT RATE, AND LEVEL OF HEAT ACCLIMATIZATION ARE AMONG THOSE FACTORS. DETERMINING INDIVIDUAL SWEAT RATES AND ASSESSING HYDRATION STATUS SHOULD HELP GUIDE SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS. THE TYPE OF EXERCISE TOGETHER WITH THE SPECIFIC NEEDS OF THE INDIVIDUAL WILL HELP DETERMINE THE FLUID REPLACEMENT BEVERAGE THAT WOULD BE MOST BENEFICIAL. EDUCATING INDIVIDUALS ABOUT THEIR OWN FLUID NEEDS WILL ENSURE THAT THEY EXERCISE SAFELY AND PERFORM WELL.

Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida

Rebecca M. Lopez is an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in the University of South Florida's College of Medicine.

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