First World Cup Water Break Shows Importance of Preventing Dehydration

MANHASSET, NY – The first ever FIFA World Cup in-game water break in the Portugal-U.S. game on Sunday reinforces the need to take in water before working up a sweat and remaining hydrated, a New York emergency room doctor says.

“It is critical that the players ingest a high volume of fluids before stepping on the field, ensuring their own safety,” said Jason D’Amore, MD, an emergency medicine doctor at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset.

When the groundbreaking water break occurred in the 39th minute of the match, the temperature was hovering in the mid to low nineties.

Dr. D’Amore also says that dehydration can lead to serious injuries, including muscle cramps, strains, and even seizures, while detailing how these frightening injuries and debilitating effects occur.

“The players at the FIFA World Cup games are competing under extreme circumstances, with the heat and humidity taking a drastic toll on their physical health.” Dr. D’Amore says.“In a humid environment like Brazil, the players’ sweat, rather than evaporating from their body, which allows the body to cool down, is either dripping off them or sticking to them. This maintains their high internal temperature, sustaining their excessive sweating, and effecting their muscle function and joint cushioning.”

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