Playing hardcore on the hardwood during the sweltering summer months will definitely help you maintain your clutch status—as long as you’re properly hydrated. Otherwise, you’ll be sidelined with muscle cramps, nausea and other symptoms of heat stroke.
Always keep a sports drink handy. A study from Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise suggests that downing a carbohydrate-electrolyte beverage before and during activity can prevent exercise-associated cramps.
Tiger, Gatorade’s latest thirst quencher, is a great option. It contains 25 percent more electrolytes than the Original Thirst Quencher to help advance fluid and electrolyte replacement.