Sports Medicine

, Volume 48, Issue 9, pp 2211–2213 | Cite as

Comment on: “Drinking Strategies: Planned Drinking versus Drinking to Thirst”

  • Pedro L. ValenzuelaEmail author
  • Javier S. Morales
  • Pedro de la Villa
  • Alejandro Lucía
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

We have read with interest the topical review article [1] entitled “Drinking strategies: planned drinking versus drinking to thirst”, where Dr. Kenefick summarizes the evidence on pre-established drinking plans versus ad libitum drinking during exercise with a main focus on performance. Assessing an individual’s hydration pattern during exercise has received special attention in the sports science field based on the notion that dehydration dysregulates fluid homeostasis, thereby leading to physiological stress and impaired performance [2].

Kenefick [1] establishes a 2% body weight (BW) loss during exercise as a threshold for impairment of thermoregulatory and cardiovascular function, with subsequent decreases in exercise performance. His final advice is to avoid drinking to thirst in order to prevent BW losses > 2% during activities of high intensity or long duration (> 1–2 h), or when exercising in warm/hot environments. However, some aspects of the relationship between...


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Pedro L. Valenzuela is supported by a predoctoral contract granted by the University of Alcalá (FPI2016), and Javier S. Morales is supported by a predoctoral contract granted by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport (FPU14/03435). No specific sources of funding were used to assist in the preparation of this letter.

Conflict of interest

Pedro L. Valenzuela, Javier S. Morales, Pedro de la Villa and Alejandro Lucía declare they have no conflicts of interest relevant to the content of this letter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Physiology Unit, Department of Systems Biology, School of MedicineUniversity of AlcaláAlcalá de HenaresSpain
  2. 2.Department of Sport and HealthSpanish Agency for Health Protection in Sport (AEPSAD)MadridSpain
  3. 3.Universidad Europea de MadridMadridSpain

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