By Chad Zimmerman
Sweat is dripping off your body like it has a built-in faucet. Your mouth is so dry your spit has turned into dust. You're one shuttle away from dehydration, but asking for a water break doesn't even cross your mind. You can't be that guyyou know, the one who interrupts practice because he's too "weak" to handle a few more minutes of drills. This is football. Asking for water is like asking for a seat on the bench. But man, just one sip of cold water would get your mind off your thirst and back into the practice.
This ridiculous thought process is a reality for many football players, from high school all the way up to the pros. It was a common experience for Chris Spencer when he played ball. But, instead of racking his brain for a tough-guy way to ask for a water break, Spencer figured out how to bring the water break to him.
"I played football all through high school and I was a college athlete, and I always had problems with hydration," Spencer says. "Not because water wasn't available, but because the competitive side of me didn't want to disrupt practice to ask the coach for a break. I used to envision a water bottle or CapriSun® with a long straw strapped to my shoulder pads, so I would have something to get rid of the cotton mouth and rehydrate."
With the help of his two best friends, Carl Henderson and Sammy Davis, who plays cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers, Spencer transformed his fantasy into a real, tangible product: the Hydromax System. It's an expandable rubber bladder that can hold up to 16 oz. of water, with a long plastic tube attached. Strap the Hydromax to the back of your shoulder pads, and you have an instant source of H2O always available.
"An athlete has the right to control his hydration," Spencer says. "This system allows you to push yourself longer and harder without being in danger of dehydration."
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