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Hydration vital for athletic performance

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Posted: June 28, 2014 - 11:06pm  |  Updated: June 29, 2014 - 11:23pm

Heading into what appears to be the hot period of the summer, I hope our local athletes have been taking note of the goings on in the professional ranks and the World Cup.

Hydration is the key to everything. You can’t do it the day of the event and expect it to work, you have to plan a day or two out.

Example No. 1 – LeBron James.

To be fair, I’m sure he was perfectly ready to take on the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of the NBA Finals under normal conditions. He couldn’t have expected to swelter in close to 90 degrees in the non-air conditioned AT&T Center in San Antonio. So there he was, the world’s greatest (current) basketball player unable to finish the game because of cramps.

Example No. 2. – Water break.

Yes, water breaks are quite common, and in in most practice situations, mandated. Every kid growing up playing a sport is well-accustomed to that. And the orange slices at halftime and, if you’re lucky, Slurpees from 7-11 after the game.

Using the same technology as the Georgia High School Association – the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature – FIFA, the governing body of World Cup soccer, required the teams from the USA and Portugal to take a historic first-ever three-minute water break just before the end of the first half of their match. The WGBT takes into account the air temperature, humidity, wind and radiation and the soccer players were forced into the break when the temperature reached 89.6 degrees.

I guess that was bound to happen, playing in the middle of the Amazon.

And, of course, I would imagine the WGBT having an impact on practices in Georgia in August.

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Tuesdays during the CSRA Swim League have been free of weather conditions affecting meets this summer – until this past week.

The Riverwood Rapids-Montclair Makos race was halted after the 30th event while the Knob Hill-Woodbridge meet was halted after 34.

I don’t know how the decision-making process went at Knob Hill, which Woodbridge won to claim regular-season bragging rights, but I thought all parties handled themselves admirably at Riverwood.

With the radar making it apparent that a delay could last for hours, the mutual decision was to call it a night. The only other topic was whether to finish the meet on Thursday. One side wanted to while the other didn’t. I could see both parties’ arguments. Both argued in favor of what they thought was best for their swimmers and it was handled in a calm, respectful manner, a tribute to the young adults in charge.

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