Hockey Alberta

Improve your on-ice performance by drinking water? It’s that easy!

Hydration is a key component of sports nutrition that is often overlooked by young athletes.

Drinking water before, during and after an activity can improve mental and physical performance. Sports drinks are only needed during intense, continuous activity that is lasting longer than an hour, for example, during a tournament. This prolonged activity is draining the body of electrolytes (e.g., phosphate, potassium and salt) and sports drinks have the ability to replenish these nutrients. Unfortunately, these sports drinks are full of added sugars (sugar and dextrose) that do not provide a sustained energy source.

With water being the best source of hydration that is readily available to athletes, it’s important to have a reusable water bottle on hand to help make drinking water a habit! Find water boring? Try adding some citrus, watermelon, or cucumbers to boost the flavour profile!

Fill up those water bottles and boost your game today!