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Hydration when playing padel, an essential safeguard

After the heat stroke suffered by both players and judges during the Cervezas Victoria Marbella Master, the enormous importance of good hydration is clear, especially when pushing your body to its limit in high temperatures.

Among other things, the Cervezas Victoria Marbella Master, the first Master of the World Padel Tour season, which was held during the week of 7 to 13 June, stood out for the physical issues we saw as a result of heat stroke. The circumstances were a perfect storm to create these kinds of issues: an outdoor championship where the sun and scorching temperatures were centre stage.

Players and judges suffered from the heat

Due to these weather conditions, incidents didn’t only happen to players, but to judges as well. As it happens, one of the chair umpires was taken to the emergency room. Fortunately, he didn’t suffer severe consequences, and he made a full recovery.

Sadly, this would not be the only misfortune related to physiological issues suffered during the tournament: in the match that pitted Jimena Velasco  and  Noa Cánovas against Gala León  and Ana Alicia Seijas, heat stroke left the young Segovian athlete out of play as the match unfolded with a score of 7-6/4-0.

Jorge Ruiz and Diego Ramos were forced to withdraw for the same reasons. The former could not continue in the match against Javier Valdés and José David Sánchez, leaving the score at 6-3 / 1-0.

Hydration, a fundamental factor

There is no doubt that one of the factors that cause heat stroke like we saw in Marbella is lack of hydration. Replacing lost fluids is necessary in many circumstances, but even more so in intense heat and during highly fatiguing physical exercise.

Heavy physical exertion and exposing the body to high temperatures cause your body’s temperature to rise excessively, which makes you sweat more, thereby losing water. Therefore, it is essential to keep an optimal fluid balance by regularly drinking the necessary amount of fluids while participating in any physical activity.

Essential before, during and after exercise

Padel is a tremendously demanding sport that requires constant intensity and concentration. To perform at the highest level, hydration is an irreplaceable ally, so it is necessary before, during and after a match, especially when practicing outside and in high heat.

Also, its many benefits in keeping the body functioning normally are tremendously useful for avoiding injuries. It’s practically impossible to reach peak physical condition without providing your body with proper hydration.

Drinking liquids, specifically water or isotonic drinks, in small amounts helps to keep the body active before a match, while at the same time preparing it for the energy drain to come. Therefore, this might be one of the first things needed to start the match off on the right foot.

What’s more, it is also essential to replace your fluids while playing to more reliably manage fatigue. Therefore, breaks are the best time to hydrate.

After physical activity, don’t forget that continuing to drink fluids is vital to your body’s recovery, even more so if your exertion was high and you’ve been dealing with heat and humidity.

The consequences of heat stroke

The effects of heat stroke should not be underestimated, as they can have very serious health consequences.

Some of the symptoms include a feeling of suffocating heat, extreme muscle weakness, cramps, headache and dizziness, all of which would force any athlete to drop out of a competition, as we saw in the World Padel Tour Marbella Master.

Another heat-related consequence particular to padel is that in addition to affecting the players, high temperatures also affect the equipment with which the sport is played. For this reason, in several matches we saw that some players kept their rackets in coolers to ensure they would be in optimal condition.

This has an explanation: it’s not recommended that rackets be exposed to high temperatures since the materials they’re made from, mainly the rubber at the core, can wear down and soften, which can affect their performance.

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