Drink Only When You’re Thirsty?

In the news, we’ve heard a lot about drinking only when you’re thirsty, but is this the optimal situation for a gymnast?

Watch Dr. Josh’s video and find out! Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Dr. Joshua Eldridge

About Dr. Joshua Eldridge

Dr. Joshua Eldridge has specialized in protecting gymnasts from injury. He is the inventor of The X Brace, and has developed a treatment protocol for Sever's disease and heel pain that has helped thousands of gymnasts throughout the world. Dr. Eldridge brings practical, easy injury care and prevention that can be done at home.

  • Louise Furukawa

    Can’t say that I agree with this. As a physician – I know it’s fairly difficult to drink oneself into hyponatremia. Perhaps profuse sweating and extreme water ingestion could get one into hyponatremia, but I would have to content that it is pretty difficult to do. My gymnast has very poor hunger cues. He tends to be very grumpy and negative after practice and denies that he is hungry. BUT, force him to sit down to dinner and I can see him getting happier and happier and positive again. Same goes for thirst. He will develop a pounding headache and not have thirst cues. Furthermore, use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (like advil or naprosyn) can cause renal damage when the patient is dehydrated.

  • Dr. Joshua Eldridge

    Louise, I tend to agree with you on this as well. I wasn’t a big fan of the article, but if a child is relying on their senses for intake, we must insure that there is adequate available resources for them…but I fall on your side that sometimes they need encouragement to do the right thing.

    Thanks for your input!