Athletes and nonathletes frequently consume too little water or fluids, affecting exercise performance as well as overall health. This book comprehensively reviews the aspects relating to body fluid balance, rehydration, and physical exercise. It provides background on body water balance and turnover, topics related to electrolyte balance, and sweating as the basis for thermoregulatory and fluid homeostasis during exercise. In addition, chapters cover body water balance evaluation and regulation; cardiovascular and metabolic responses to fluid imbalance; effects of dehydration on aerobic power, muscle strength, and cognitive function; fluid intake timing; and optimal beverage selection.
Dr. Flavia Meyer, MD, PhD, currently is a professor at the School of Physical Education, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil. She is also a faculty for the Human Movement Graduate Program at UFRGS, where she has supervised 6 PhD and over 25 MSc students. Dr. Meyer received her Medical Doctor degree from UFRGS and also completed a residency program in Pediatrics and a specialization in Sports Medicine there. She received her PhD in Medical Sciences at McMaster University in Canada. Dr. Meyer has researched and published in the field of pediatric exercise and nutrition science and, more specifically, in hydration, thermoregulation, obesity, and chronic diseases.
Dr. Zbigniew Szygula, MD, PhD, currently is a professor and the head of the Department of Sports Medicine and Human Nutrition at the University of Physical Education in Krakow, Poland. Dr. Szygula received his medical degree from the Medical Academy in Krakow, Poland, and his MSc and PhD degrees in exercise sciences from the University of Physical Education in Krakow, Poland. Dr. Szygula's area of expertise is in exercise physiology and sports medicine, with an emphasis on sports hematology, hypoxia, and thermoregulation. He has published extensively and has served as a reviewer in various international scientific journals. Dr. Szygula is a sports physician for many athletes in Krakow.
Dr. Boguslaw "Bogdan" Wilk, PhD, FACSM, currently is a research associate with the Child Health and Exercise Medicine Program at the Children's Exercise and Nutrition Centre, Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Wilk received his MSc and PhD degrees in exercise sciences from the Academy of Physical Education (University School of Physical Education) in Krakow, Poland. His main research interest areas are fluid and electrolyte replenishment in the exercising child and adult and thermal regulation
The Fundamentals of Body Fluid Balance. Effects of Fluid Imbalance on Body Functions and Performance. Special Populations. Recommendations.