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19 June 2009

Cricket player? Drink enough fluid

Playing cricket in the summer months? Fluid replacement is extremely important to ensure that you don't become dehydrated and to prevent risk of heat injury.

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Playing cricket in the summer months? Fluid replacement is extremely important to ensure that you don't become dehydrated and to prevent risk of heat injury.

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Water has been shown to be useful in preventing dehydration, however a 6-8% carbohydrate sports drink, which also contains some electrolytes, is more effective in maintaining performance. Sports drinks after a match will help replenish carbohydrate and fluid losses and players should also replace lost sodium by eating salty snacks. But avoid alcohol 24 hours before and immediately after a game, as it will only contribute to dehydration.

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