Polo Players Edition

AUG 2018

Polo Players' Edition is the official publication of the U.S. Polo Association. Dedicated to the sport of polo, it features player profiles, game strategy, horse care, playing tips, polo club news and tournament results.

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help calculate how much water you should be drinking every 15, 30 or 60 minutes." Asche recommends drinking 16 to 24 ounces of fluid prior to exercise, and 8 ounces just as you are mounting up. During exercise drink 4 ounces of fluid every 15 minutes and after exercise, drink at least 16 ounces for every pound lost. "Aim for at least 4 ounces (approximately four gulps) of fluid every 15 to 30 minutes," she says. For polo, drink at least 2 ounces after each chukker, alternating water and sports drinks. "This way you'll be replenishing both fluids and electrolytes," she says. In addition to drinking water or sports drinks, you can also snack on watermelon, which is made up almost entirely of water, or eat dried apricots or fresh bananas to replace potassium. Alcohol is diuretic, meaning it will cause you to urinate more frequently and thus can cause dehydration. Avoid drinking alcohol the night before you play or while you are recovering from a tough game. Save the victory champagne celebrations until you have fully rehydrated. While preventing dehydration is essential, Asche says there is such thing as "too much of a good thing!" "Drinking too much water can increase your risk of hyponatremia (low blood-sodium levels) that can cause headaches, muscle spasms or even seizures. Prevent this by drinking according to your personal needs or sweat rate and replacing sodium and other electrolytes lost through sweat via sports drinks or electrolyte packets," she says. To learn more about sports nutrition, Angie Asche can be reached through her website: www.eleatnutrition.com. DALLAS Texaspolo.com 214 - 720 - 0233 10-goaler Facundo Pieres only uses Texas Polo Luxe Edition saddles POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 15

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