For years, recommendations have been made for athletes to drink based on pre-determined hydration schedules: Suggesting when to drink and how much. There are Position Stands, Consensus Statements, etc. These include more general recommendations; and now more individual recommendations based on monitoring of hydration status, and fluid losses/sweat rates. Even more recently, although not incredibly new, the ‘drink to thirst’ concept has gained more attention and traction. Clearly a hotly debated topic, what are your thoughts? Should athletes drink to thirst, or on schedule? Should their fluid guidelines be individualized? How so?
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