The importance of hydration takes so many different shapes and definitions amongst different populations and for me that couldn’t be truer. Being a husband whose wife is going on baby #3 in 3 years and has experienced extreme morning sickness to having a mother who has been suffering from breast cancer for the last year to being a strength and conditioning coach to several high-level athletes; the use of Hydralyte and preventing and managing hydration has taken many shapes for me. My primary day to day use of Hydralyte products is to help keep the athletes I train hydrated and ready to perform at their optimal levels. I have a unique opportunity within the private sector to train many professional athletes across leagues, including athletes training for the NFL combine, as well as being the Director of Strength and Conditioning for Tennessee State University. The greatest difference I have been able to see is the increased performance amongst the basketball team at Tennessee State.
Finding Solutions to Nutrition & Hydration on Limited Budgets
Outside of the schools with never-ending athletic budgets there are fewer resources at smaller, lower-budget institutions to really make nutrition and hydration a priority. Many do a great job of putting forth the effort to provide healthy resources but at the end of the day, there is only so much you can put towards a nutrition budget when so many other things are needed. Our staff has made an extensive effort to try and provide resources, but there is still a level of education that has to take place within the athlete and that is where the problem lies. Many of the kids I have trained have grown up eating fast food and drinking highly caloric beverages before a game. They have gotten to being the best this way as it had not seemed to matter to their performance until they began competing at a much higher level. For our guys that sentiment could not have rung truer.