In Season 2 Episode 5, Dr. Bubbs sits down with world expert hydration researcher Dr. Stavros Kavouras PhD who runs the Hydration Science Lab at the University of Arkansas. In this episode, Stavros discusses how dehydration can impact athletic performance, differences between endurance and strength or team-sport athletes, the impacts of water loss on athletes trying to make weight, strategies for assessing for dehydration, if drink to thirst is sufficient for elite athletes, performing in hot climates and acclimatizing to warmer environments. Fantastic insights from one of the world’s best!
- Even a 2% reduction in hydration can lead to performance declines in athletes.
- Drink to thirst is an effective strategy in recreational athletes, but not performance driven people.
- Inability to heat-acclimatize is a major roadblock to performance.
The “Big Rocks” – Stavros' Tip
Personalizing hydration based on genetic information of the athlete
About Dr. Stavros Kavouras
Dr. Stavros Kavouras is a Professor and Director of the Hydration Science Lab at the University of Arkansas. His lab is studying the mechanisms by which water intake affects health and performance. Dr. Kavouras is the author of more than 100 peer review articles and he has given lectures in 28 countries and he is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine & the European College of Sports. Follow Dr. Kavouras on Twitter.