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  • if swimmers need to worry about dehydration? Like any athlete, swimmers perspire to keep from overheating. However, swimmers probably don't notice their sweat—at least not while they're in the water. Like other athletes, they need to drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after rigorous swimming.
  • if dehydration is a concern with cold-weather sports such as ice skating or skiing? Even in a cool or cold environment, you sweat. Attire for cold weather sports such as downhill skiing, snowmobiling, and ice hockey doesn't "breathe" or allow the body to cool down, either.

Sports Drinks. Sports drinks can benefit some athletes, especially in hot, humid conditions. Sports drinks with 6 to 8 percent carbohydrate (14 to 19 grams of carbohydrate per 8 ounces) may be better than water or diluted fruit juice for fluid replacement. More than 8 percent carbohydrate solution may decrease the rate of fluid absorption and gastric (stomach) emptying.

For activities lasting longer than an hour, try sports drinks. If you're a long-distance runner or longdistance bicyclist, or involved in other endurance events (longer than ninety minutes), sports drinks may offer some performance benefits. New research shows

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