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Is hydration important for rugby/lacrosse?

As with all sports, dehydration can impair performance and jeopardize health. Players should: Drink 16 ounces of a sports drink one hour before exercise as it takes one hour for one liter of fluid to leave the gut; Drink 20 to 40 ounces of fluid (sports drink/water) per hour of practice; drink 16-24 ounces of fluid for every pound of body weight lost during exercise, immediately post exercise. One easy test, if you are adequately hydrated, your urine will be clear to very pale yellow in color.

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