Pre-game intravenous hyperhydration, anyone?
January 31, 2014
The #NFL #SuperBowlXLVIII takes place this weekend, and we revisit one of our most talked about studies in the last few years. Thanks to our Executive Editor Chris Hughes, @SportsDoc_Chris, for this 2011 post.
The editorial in this month’s CJSM by Coombes and colleagues on Intravenous Rehydration in the National Football League highlights the widespread prevalence of the practice of pre-game hyperhydration as reported in the study by Fitzsimmons and colleagues, also in this month’s Journal here .
Fitzsimmons and colleagues surveyed the head athletic trainers of 32 NFL teams using an online survey tool and managed to achieve an impressive 100% response rate. They found that 75% of all teams had used pre-game hyperhydration with iv fluids, with an average of 5 to 7 players per team per game receiving intravenous fluids prior to play. The most common reasons for this strategy cited by trainers were to prevent muscle cramps (23 out of 24), prevent dehydration (19), at the request of the player (17), to prevent heat illness (14), and to improve player exercise tolerance (8).
It is somewhat alarming to find out that this practice…
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