Can Dehydration Affect Sport Performance

By the time we have lost about 2 percent of our body weight as water we will become thirsty and may experience a slight reduction in strength. By the time we are dehydrated by 4 percent of our body weight, muscular strength and endurance are significantly hindered, while a 10 percent reduction of our body weight as water is associated with heat intolerance and general weakness. If dehydration continues, life itself becomes threatened. If dehydration continues to a 20 percent loss in our body weight, we become susceptible to coma and death. We will discuss the need for proper hydration in the Chapter 11.

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