Assessment of fluid hydration of selected Nigerian footballers
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International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport, and Dance (ICHPER•SD)
Adequate fluid hydration is known to prevent heat injury and exhaustion. It has been observed that some Nigerian athletes have collapsed during competition which might be as a result of the tropical weather condition of the country and fluid hydration level. This study therefore examined the fluid hydration status of male athletes. Participants were 30 footballers from Shooting Star Sport Club (3SC) of Ibadan, Nigeria. Data collected includes anthropometric measures of body weight, body mass index, percent body fat, lean body mass and visceral fat, resting systolic and diastolic blood values, fasting blood sugar test for nutritional status of footballers and urine test for hydration status. Data were presented as mean, standard deviation, range and percentage. Findings indicated that participants were dehydrated and therefore would need fluid replacement during play in order to improve performance and prevent dehydration. It was recommended that athletes should consume adequate amount of fluid before and at regular intervals during exercise in order to delay the depletion of glycogen stores and replace water lost in sweat coupled with hot weather conditions.
Otinwa, G.O. & Azubike, C. (2013). Assessment of fluid hydration of selected Nigerian footballers. Proceedings of the 55th International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport, and Dance (ICHPER•SD).