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HYDRATION: THE NEW RULES

FORGET WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT FLUID INTAKE. THE RULES ABOUT WHAT AND WHEN TO DRINK HAVE CHANGED, SAYS PETA BEE

THERE is an underlying fear of dehydration, compounded by billboard reminders not to neglect fluid intake, that mean it is rare to spot a recreational runner who is not clutching a drinks bottle. Such is the preoccupation with drinking enough that research from Loyola University in Chicago reported how almost one in ten of the ‘fun-running’ brigade drink as much as possible and before they are thirsty while 36.5% of them sip fluid according to a preset schedule or to maintain a certain body weight.

Their practices are at odds with the drinking habits of more serious athletes, the majority of whom would not consider consuming fluid on the run unless in training for a marathon or beyond. Yet, even at club level and above, the mixed messages about drinking for sport – from scientists and manufacturers – have diluted our reasoning and caused a mild state of fluid confusion. What should athletes be drinking and when? Here we present the latest findings:

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ACTION 6 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS Greg Rutherford and Dina Asher-Smith are among the champions as Great Britain’s team wins 16 medals in Amsterdam 8 Men’s track reports 16 Men’s field reports 20 Women’s track reports 28 Women’s field reports 34 ENGLISH SCHOOLS CHAMPIONSHIPS Hannah Williams and Harry Hughes set championship records in Gateshead 36 Boys’ reports 39 Girls’ reports 46 US OLYMPIC TRIALS Jenny Simpson, Tori Bowie, Jenn Suhr and Bernard Lagat are among the winners securing Rio places NEWS 50 London 2017 progress pleases IAAF 52 Kemboi offers Turkey justification PERFORMANCE 56 Latest sports science news 58 Athlete Insight – Rachel Wallader 60 The new rules of hydration 62 Are you your own worst enemy? 64 Product reviews – vests RESULTS & FIXTURES 66 Top results from last weekend 76 Monaco Diamond League and European Youth previews 77 What’s On – fixtures guide REGULARS 82 DIP FINISH

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