Can Athletes Overhydrate During Football Practice?

Can Athletes Overhydrate During Football Practice?

With football season just around the corner, teams practice twice a day, so should players watch how much they drink during practice?
ODESSA, TX (Local Big 2 News) -- It's important to stay hydrated in the West Texas summer heat. We've all heard of the dangers of de-hydration, but can you overhydrate? With high school football season just around the corner, teams practice twice a day, but should players watch how much they drink during practice?

Football players around the state gear up for Friday Night Lights, and that means more practice, more punting and more persistence. But with pounds of gear, players need to stay hydrated.

"We have water readily available to our players, they can get a drink anytime they want," said Odessa High School Head Football Coach Ron King.

Especially since.

Our main concern is usually that they don't hydrate enough, especially our younger athletes," said Odessa High School Head Athletic Trainer Steven Ortiz.

But how much is enough?

"We know they need about a liter, while they're working out here per hour," said Ortiz.

Yes, It's called overhydrating, and it's an easy thing to do.

"With these pads, it's at least five degrees hotter, It'll make you want to drink more," said Odessa High School football player Dwayne Amoyaw.

Senior Bronchos football player Dwayne Amoyaw recently learned about it.

"It is kind of scary that you can overhydrate, I never thought you could do that," said Amoyaw.

But he understands how it could happen, so the Bronchos athletic coaches make sure the players get it just right.

"We do monitor their weight, so whether they get overhydrated or underhydrated we kind of have an idea of where they stand," said Ortiz.

Ortiz tells me they also pay attention to the athlete's water bottles.

"If they're having to refill their bottles for this one athlete, we will slow them down," said Ortiz.

AND AMOYAW PLAYS BY THE RULES... THE WATER RULES.

"I don't chug the water, I'll drink it slowly, give two plays and go right back in," said Amoyaw.

Something Ortiz says he teaches the team to avoid a dangerous situation.

"It's just a routine that we have to get them in and we kind of have to teach them," said Ortiz.
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