The Serious Problem of Overhydration in Endurance Sports
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“Drink as much as you can, even before you feel thirsty." That's been the mantra to athletes and coaches for the past three decades, and bottled water and sports drinks have flourished into billion-dollar industries in the same short time. The problem is that an overhydrated athlete is at a performance disadvantage and at risk of exercise-associated hyponatremia (EAH)--a potentially fatal condition.
Dr. Tim Noakes takes you inside the science of athlete hydration for a fascinating look at the human body’s need for water and how it uses the liquids it ingests. He also chronicles the shaky research that reported findings contrary to results in nearly all of Noakes’ extensive and since-confirmed studies.
In Waterlogged, Noakes sets the record straight, exposing the myths surrounding dehydration and presenting up-to-date hydration guidelines for endurance sport and prolonged training activities. Enough with oversold sports drinks and obsessing over water consumption before, during, and after every workout, he says. Time for the facts—and the prevention of any more needless fatalities.
Chapter 1. Perspectives on Human Physiology and Hydration
Chapter 2. Thirst as a Signal for Fluid Intake
Chapter 3. Water’s Role in Thermoregulation
Chapter 4. Salt Balance in the Body
Chapter 5. Emergence of the Sports Drink Industry
Chapter 6. The Shaky Science of Hydration
Chapter 7. Early Drinking Guidelines
Chapter 8. Discovery of Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia
Chapter 9. The Biology of EAH
Chapter 10. EAH and EAHE on a Global Scale
Chapter 11. Guidelines for Fluid Intake
—Karim Khan, Editor of British Journal of Sports Medicine
"Finally, an unbiased look at fluid replacement: the real science behind thirst, fluid balance, and thermoregulation during exercise! Waterlogged is a must-read for athletes, coaches, parents, and sports medicine professionals."
—Sandra Fowkes Godek, PhD, ATC, HEAT Institute Director West Chester University
Introduction - A change in view of hydration
Making sense of why runners collapse
Seven clear symptoms of Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia