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Waterlogged: The Serious Problem of Overhydration in Endurance Sports Paperback – May 1, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1450424974 ISBN-10: 145042497X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145042497X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450424974
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For sport science devotees at all levels, and those who love to just go for a run, Dr. Noakes' book is the ultimate combination of scientific rigor and practical advice. A must on every athlete’s bookshelf."

Karim Khan--Editor of British Journal of Sports Medicine 

"Finally, an unbiased look at fluid replacement: the real science behind thirst, fluid balance, and thermoregulation during exercise! Waterlogged is a must-read for athletes, coaches, parents, and sports medicine professionals."

Sandra Fowkes Godek, PhD, ATC-- HEAT Institute Director West Chester University

About the Author

Known throughout the academic community for the high-caliber nature of his scientific insights and work, Dr. Timothy Noakes is Discovery Health professor of exercise and sport science at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He is also director of the Medical Research Council/University of Cape Town Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa in Newlands. Noakes was awarded a doctorate in science (DSc) in 2002, the highest degree awarded by the University of Cape Town. Publishing the first scientific article on exercise-associated hyponatremia (EAH) is considered among his greatest achievements.

Noakes is a veteran of more than 70 marathons and ultramarathons, and his book Lore of Running (Human Kinetics, 2003) is considered a classic by serious distance runners. In addition, Noakes is an editorial board member for many international sport science journals and a former president of the South African Sports Medicine Association. In 1996, he presented the prestigious J.B. Wolffe Memorial Lecture at the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual meeting. In 1999 he was elected as one of 22 founding members of the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Science Academy. The National Research Foundation of South Africa considers Noakes an A-rated scientist, and in 2008 he received the Order of Mapungubwe (Silver) from the president of South Africa.

Noakes and his wife, Marilyn Anne, reside in Cape Town.


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Known throughout the academic community for the high-caliber nature of his scientific insights and work, Dr. Timothy Noakes is Discovery Health professor of exercise and sport science at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He is also director of the Medical Research Council/University of Cape Town Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa in Newlands. Noakes was awarded a doctorate in science (DSc) in 2002, the highest degree awarded by the University of Cape Town. Publishing the first scientific article on exercise-associated hyponatremia (EAH) is considered among his greatest achievements.

Noakes is a veteran of more than 70 marathons and ultramarathons, and his book Lore of Running (Human Kinetics, 2003) is considered a classic by serious distance runners. In addition, Noakes is an editorial board member for many international sport science journals and a former president of the South African Sports Medicine Association. In 1996, he presented the prestigious J.B. Wolffe Memorial Lecture at the American College of Sports Medicine's annual meeting. In 1999 he was elected as one of 22 founding members of the International Olympic Committee's Olympic Science Academy. The National Research Foundation of South Africa considers Noakes an A-rated scientist, and in 2008 he received the Order of Mapungubwe (Silver) from the president of South Africa.

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This is one of those books...dispelling the myths and proving why.
Chandler
The sports drink industry would have us believe the electrolytes in their products can protect us from hyponatremia.
SlowMarathoner
Despite not being a runner I found the book to be both informative and interesting to read.
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Format: Paperback
I cannot imagine the work that went into this book...all on the subject of overhydration....yet, the effect it can have on athletic performance is interesting and, quite imperative.

I personally have always gone by the rule of hydrate, hydrate, hydrate for best performance but this doctor expels the myths and the problems in the studies that taught us that and, more importantly digs deep into the physical facts as to why we shouldn't.

Don't get me wrong...that is not to say you should be dehydrated. Far from it. But I study, and review sport drinks and sport performance drinks. I like to know what works and why in all regards to working out. It's simply a study of interest to me.

The massive studies in here that dispel the performance of Gatorade is alone good reading. Gatorade funded study after study proving the need for, guess what?, Gatorade.

But that's not the end of the story...in fact there is far more to it...this book provides proof and study after study and charts and graphs...truly intent on using facts rather than shaky research or company funds to prove what we should be doing.

I personally like the sports and workout books that are full of great color illustrations and visual learning. This isn't that kind of book, yet I still found it very interesting. Would my visual learning have been enhanced had they found ways to add this? Yes, I just find those workout books more interesting with the photos and illustrations to take you through the research and facts. But this is a book of facts and it the author clearly has found his passion in studying this subject. And it's a hefty book of facts at almost 500 pages of them!
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Let me start with a quiz:

Tom, Dick, and Harry are about to start running a marathon. They each weigh the same. The weather is hot, but humidity is low. Tom expects to finish the marathon in 2.5 hours, during which he will ingest nothing. Dick expects to finish in 5 hours, is pre-hydrated, and will take water at every aid station. Harry expects to finish in 6 hours, is pre-hydrated, and will take sports drink at every aid station.

Which of these is/are most/more likely to report to the medical tent? Answer: Dick and Harry.

Tim Noakes began his research career at about the same time marathon organizers, coaches, and others began advising runners to pre-hydrate, and stay ahead of thirst during marathons and other endurance events. As a researcher, Noakes, perpetuated this. But, some of the people who followed this advice were getting seriously sick. Noakes took a closer look at the studies, and discovered authors of key study in 1969 had made a classic error. The result of this and other research errors is that endurance athletes have been given bad advice -- advice that contributes to endurance athletes' need for medical attention and even fatalities.

For the last 30 years, Noakes has been studying how body temperature, water, and electrolytes are used or regulated in endurance sports, both in doing his own research and evaluating the research of others. In this book, he is critical of the research that generated the advice to "drink ahead of thirst" or advice that endurance athletes should take drinks that replace electrolytes. But, he claims research that advises endurance athletes to drink according to their thirst is well supported.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 16, 2012
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I was sent a copy for review. I must confess that I was a bit intimidated when the book arrived. It is a large soft-covered text over 400 pages. Despite not being a runner I found the book to be both informative and interesting to read. I recommend it to anyone interested in serious exercise, sport and/or health.

It begins with a brief description of the change of opinion about runners and the consumption of water from sparingly to consuming large quantities. However the author examines both the historical beliefs and the scientific analysis. The book's 11 chapters can be divided into 3 topic areas: physiology of hydration and thirst; sodium deficiencies and its affects; exercise associated hyponatremia (EAH); and the study of both the beliefs and science of hydration.

Each chapter begins with a quote and ends with a summary. While each chapter flows quite well including charts, graphs, and case stories the addition of text boxes illustrate specific points like one in chapter 4 (Salt Balance in the Body): "This is yet another example of the catastrophe model of human physiology. According to this model, normal physiological processes, in this case the secretion of potassium in the urine and sweat in exercising humans, occurs without control until a catastrophic physiological failure occurs, leading to death. But if humans were designed this way, we would not have survived our dangerous evolutionary past. The point is that our evolution provided us with exquisite homeostatic controls to ensure that our daily urinary and sweat potassium losses exactly balance our daily dietary potassium intakes. The same applies for sodium."

While the book focuses a great deal on runners the book also examines hydration affects in other sports such as football, cycling, and triathletes. This book would be a good addition (and an interesting read) in the library of coaches, athletes, and dedicated exercise participants as well as their health care support systems.
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