What are the hydration recommendations for hockey players?

Drink 16 ounces of water before bed, after first morning void and two hours before a practice or game; drink eight to ten ounces, ten minutes before a game; six to eight ounces at all breaks during practices or games; and twenty-four ounces after practices and games for every pound lost.
Molly Morgan
Nutrition & Dietetics
One key to hydration for hockey is arriving to games and practices hydrated. Get in the routine of checking your weight before and after practice to monitor weight loss and adjust your fluid intake routine. General guidelines: Before have 8-16 ounces of water about 15 minutes before. During have 6-8 ounces of fluid every 15-20 minutes. After have 16-24 ounces of fluids per pound of weight lost. 

Some hockey players can lose large amount of fluid (aka sweat) during workouts and games. In a perfect world adjust fluid intake during workouts to minimize weight loss to one-pound or less! Increase (as tolerated) your fluid intake during workouts to decrease amount of weight lost.

Continue Learning about Healthy Eating For Athletes

Plan Your Post Workout Nutrition
Plan Your Post Workout Nutrition
At over 6-feet and 8-inches tall, New England Patriot’s offensive tackle Trent Brown currently has a Super Bowl ring—and the title as the heaviest per...
Read More
What should I eat to avoid post-workout shakes, nausea and dizziness?
Judy CaplanJudy Caplan
Make sure you eat some good protein prior to working out. Try some natural nut butters with frui...
More Answers
Should I take a supplement if I am a vegetarian track athlete?
National Athletic Trainers' AssociationNational Athletic Trainers' Association
Vegetarian track athletes do not specifically require supplements for proper nutrition. A well-balan...
More Answers
How Has Technology Changed Your Training Regimen?
How Has Technology Changed Your Training Regimen?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.