DEHYDRATION IN BJJ
- SERIOUS RISK, EASILY AVOIDED
In Texas an experienced female athlete was competing in a triathlon when she became dehydrated during the run. During the first mile she had diarrhea and quad cramps. By mile six she had stopped sweating and gotten a severe headache. She eventually finished the race but became delirious. When she tried to rehydrate she began vomiting and could not take in any fluids.She had to be taken to the hospital for an IV and additional treatment. While in the hospital she experienced wide spread muscle breakdown, electrolyte imbalance, and her lungs filled with fluid. She ended up being placed on life support with a 50% chance of living. Eventually she recovered, but dehydration is clearly something to be taken very seriously.
Our bodies use a very sophisticated cooling system to maintain their proper temperature. When we use our muscles while grappling, one of the byproducts is heat. This heat needs to be removed by the body somehow. The primary way that we do that is by evaporating sweat from our skin. When the sweat evaporates, it creates a cooling effect.
In BJJ is that we usually train in rooms that are very humid. This is caused by so many people sweating in a confined space, and the air very quickly becoming saturated with water vapor... MORE >