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Did You Know: Dehydration Increases the Chance of a Concussion

Proper hydration for the overall health of one’s body and maximum performance is well known but did you know that it is also instrumental in preventing a concussion? The brain is surrounded by an aqueous solution called cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). CSF acts as a shock absorber for the brain. When the body is dehydrated there is less CSF and the head’s ability to handle trauma decreases. This would include a direct blow from an elbow. More importantly it includes counter coup injuries which occur when the brain is concussed by hitting the inside of the skull. This is most common when the head hits the ground. Remember keep as hydrated as possible, not only for your muscles but for your brain. A good indication is always the color of your urine. It should be clear to a light yellow. 


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