Fluid balance, sodium losses and hydration practices of elite squash players during training

TURNER, Ollie, MITCHELL, Nigel, RUDDOCK, Alan, PURVIS, Alison and RANCHORDAS, Mayur (2023). Fluid balance, sodium losses and hydration practices of elite squash players during training. Nutrients, 15 (7): 1749.

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Elite squash players are reported to train indoors at high volumes and intensities throughout a microcycle. This may increase hydration demands, with hypohydration potentially impairing many key performance indicators which characterise elite squash performance. Consequently, the main aim of this study was to quantify the sweat rates and sweat [Na+] of elite squash players throughout a training session, alongside their hydration practices. Fourteen (males = seven; females = seven) elite or world class squash player’s fluid balance, sweat [Na+] and hydration practices were calculated throughout a training session in moderate environmental conditions (20 ± 0.4 °C; 40.6 ± 1% RH). Rehydration practices were also quantified post-session until the players’ next training session, with some training the same day and some training the following day. Players had a mean fluid balance of −1.22 ± 1.22% throughout the session. Players had a mean sweat rate of 1.11 ± 0.56 L·h−1, with there being a significant difference between male and female players (p < 0.05), and a mean sweat (Na+) of 46 ± 12 mmol·L−1. Players training the following day were able to replace fluid and sodium losses, whereas players training again on the same day were not. These data suggest the variability in players hydration demands and highlight the need to individualise hydration strategies, as well as training prescription, to ensure players with high hydration demands have ample time to optimally rehydrate.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0908 Food Sciences; 1111 Nutrition and Dietetics; 3202 Clinical sciences; 3210 Nutrition and dietetics; 4206 Public health
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.3390/nu15071749
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2023 09:20
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 16:02
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/31731

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