Hydration Guidelines for Volleyball Players

February 11, 2013 | Danielle Aquino-Enriquez

Must See Volleyball Videos

It's no secret that many factors go into molding a star athlete. Conditioning, strength training, practice, game play and competition are always the frontrunners. Unfortunately, athletes often forget to properly hydrate. (See All-Day Hydration Game Plan.)

As a coach, it's my job to ensure that my players are always healthy, right from the beginning of the season. At my first practice after tryouts, I distribute healthy eating handouts and discuss the importance of hydration for volleyball players. The handout details a few hydration points to follow, not just on the court but also in their daily routines. It states:

  • Drink water all day long. Keep a water bottle on you at all times during school, in your backpack or locker, and be sure to refill it.
  • If you have a choice, drink tea instead of coffee (for the older kids).
  • Stay away from soda and fruit juices that are high in sugar. These types of drinks will in fact dehydrate you.
  • Pre-game, on the court and post-game: switch to a drink with electrolytes to add, maintain and replenish those  elements in your body.

The best electrolyte drinks for athletes are:

  • Gatorade - The best known and most popular brand on the market.
  • Propel Fitness Water - Owned by the same company that makes Gatorade, it typically has fewer calories than Gatorade.
  • GU2O - Comes in powder form and is mixed with water; has only 100 calories and comes in a variety of flavors.
  • PowerBar Endurance - Created by the company that makes the PowerBar, this electrolyte beverage is formulated exclusively for athletes; it is a powder-based beverage that also adds energy.
  • Cytomax - Comes as a powder or premixed drink. Athletes can choose among several products: Cytomax Protein, Fast Twitch and Recovery.
  • Accelerade - This is a protein-driven electrolyte drink that packs a whopping 10g of protein into each serving.

Don't forget the "recovery" aspect of each workout. It's important to replenish your body with electrolytes once your workout or game is over. Then switch back to water for the remainder of time before your next practice.

Coaches, be sure to give breaks during practice drills and call timeouts during games. Keeping your players properly hydrated will allow them to have more energy and suffer less fatigue. (See how it helped  Misty May-Treanor battle the Brazilian heat.)

Finally, proper hydration for volleyball players involves following the three-step regimen—before, during and after activity.

Topics: VOLLEYBALL
Must See
Dashon Goldson: Dashon Goldson: "You Just Gotta Have Heart"
Views: 6,336,505
Drew Brees Will Not Be Denied Drew Brees Will Not Be Denied
Views: 11,371,676
Jadeveon Clowney on Making Big Hits Jadeveon Clowney on Making Big Hits
Views: 6,527,451

Featured Videos

Kevin Love's In-Season Basketball Workout Kevin Love's In-Season Basketball Workout Views: 1,016,699
A Day in the Life With Kansas City Chiefs Tight End Travis Kelce A Day in the Life With Kansas City Chiefs Tight End Travis Kelce Views: 15,631
Path to the Pros 2015: Shaq Thompson Path to the Pros 2015: Shaq Thompson Views: 70,354
Load More

Resources

STACK Fitness

Everything you need to be fitter than ever

STACK Conditioning

Sport-specific conditioning programs

Coaches and Trainers

Tips and advice for coaches and trainers

Magazine

Latest issues of STACK Magazine

STACK 4W

Women's sports workout, nutrition and lifestyle advice

Gamer

Gaming, entertainment and tech news

Basic Training

Military-style training for athletes

News

Find the latest news relevant to athletes

Most Popular Videos

Two-Ball Dribbling Drill With John Wall Two-Ball Dribbling Drill With John Wall
Views: 3,362,676
Paul Rabil's Box Jumps Paul Rabil's Box Jumps
Views: 851,362
Roy Hibbert 540 lbs Deadlift Roy Hibbert 540 lbs Deadlift
Views: 1,576,773
Dribbling Drills for Tighter Handles Dribbling Drills for Tighter Handles
Views: 4,333,004
Ohio State Football Open Field Plyo Drill Ohio State Football Open Field Plyo Drill
Views: 9,499,053

Load More
More Cool Stuff You'll Like
Benefits of Coconut Water for Athletes

Benefits of Coconut Water for Athletes

Winter Dehydration: Are You At Risk?

Winter Dehydration: Are You At Risk?

Ask the Experts: Am I Drinking Too Much Water?

Ask the Experts: Am I Drinking Too Much Water?

Beat the Heat During Training With These Hydration Strategies

Beat the Heat During Training With These Hydration Strategies

Beat the Heat: Hydrate with Lemon

Beat the Heat: Hydrate with Lemon

How to Schedule Your Hydration

How to Schedule Your Hydration

INFOGRAPHIC: 5 Hacks to Perform Better in the Heat

INFOGRAPHIC: 5 Hacks to Perform Better in the Heat

This Ebola Treatment Sounds a Lot Like Your Sports Drink

This Ebola Treatment Sounds a Lot Like Your Sports Drink

Why Pedialyte Is a Good Source of Hydration for Hockey Players

Why Pedialyte Is a Good Source of Hydration for Hockey Players

Staying Hydrated for Basketball

Staying Hydrated for Basketball

Opinion: Your Post-Workout Recovery Nutrition Should Be Liquid

Opinion: Your Post-Workout Recovery Nutrition Should Be Liquid

How Much Water Should Athletes Drink Every Day?

How Much Water Should Athletes Drink Every Day?

Surviving Football Hell Week: A Nutrition Guide

Surviving Football Hell Week: A Nutrition Guide

Will This Edible Blob Replace Your Water Bottle?

Will This Edible Blob Replace Your Water Bottle?

I Hate Water: Healthy Alternatives to H2O

I Hate Water: Healthy Alternatives to H2O

Healthy Hydration for Hockey Players

Healthy Hydration for Hockey Players

7 Rules for Keeping Hydrated

7 Rules for Keeping Hydrated

Chocolate Milk after Workouts

Chocolate Milk after Workouts

Hydration: Follow the Rules That Help Your Performance

Hydration: Follow the Rules That Help Your Performance

6 Effective Drinks for Athletes

6 Effective Drinks for Athletes

How to Stay Hydrated When It's Hot and Humid

How to Stay Hydrated When It's Hot and Humid

Hydration Inside the Race Car

Hydration Inside the Race Car

Compare 3 of the Most Popular Hydration Backpacks

Compare 3 of the Most Popular Hydration Backpacks

Water or Sports Drinks: What to Drink When?

Water or Sports Drinks: What to Drink When?

Avoid Dehydration During Your Next Hockey Game

Avoid Dehydration During Your Next Hockey Game

Not Just for Drinking: Use Water to Avoid Getting Sick

Not Just for Drinking: Use Water to Avoid Getting Sick

New Gatorade Montage Counts 50 Years of Fueling Athletes

New Gatorade Montage Counts 50 Years of Fueling Athletes

4 Hydration Rules for Football Players

4 Hydration Rules for Football Players

12 Must-Know Hydration Rules for Athletes

12 Must-Know Hydration Rules for Athletes

Hydrate With...Pickle Juice?

Hydrate With...Pickle Juice?

How to Hydrate With Food

How to Hydrate With Food

Hydration Guidelines for Volleyball Players

Hydration Guidelines for Volleyball Players

INFOGRAPHIC: 5 Hydration Rules You Need to Know

INFOGRAPHIC: 5 Hydration Rules You Need to Know

Healthy Hydration for Track & Field Athletes

Healthy Hydration for Track & Field Athletes

Electrolytes Explained

Electrolytes Explained

4 Ways to Carry Backpack Hydration

4 Ways to Carry Backpack Hydration

Powerade Removes Controversial Ingredient

Powerade Removes Controversial Ingredient

Cutting Weight for Wrestling: 3-Step Sodium Strategy

Cutting Weight for Wrestling: 3-Step Sodium Strategy

An Athlete's Guide to Late-Summer Dehydration

An Athlete's Guide to Late-Summer Dehydration

Weight Loss and Other Benefits of Staying Hydrated

Weight Loss and Other Benefits of Staying Hydrated

Living the #JugLife: Javale McGee Wants You to Drink More Water

Living the #JugLife: Javale McGee Wants You to Drink More Water

Drinking for Sport Performance

Drinking for Sport Performance

BPA: Health Hazard In Your Water Bottle?

BPA: Health Hazard In Your Water Bottle?

Too Much of a Good Thing: The Danger of Over-Hydration

Too Much of a Good Thing: The Danger of Over-Hydration

YardBarker