No matter how old you are, doctors say you should be drinking at least eight glasses of water a day. That is equal to about four water bottles. However, they also add that student athletes should be drinking more than that, but at specific times during the day.
While most people are inside at work, home, or in cars, student athletes are outside in the heat, with no water on hand.
"We had like, a few girls, not like take it very well," said Liz Wiggs, a cross-country runner at Marion.
That's why Liz said she drinks a lot of water during their breaks.
"As soon as you get a break you start chugging water and you might have to run in like thirty seconds," said Liz.
Sometimes, guzzling water too fast isn't the best idea either. "When you're on a break, you like, take too much because you're dehydrated," said Rachel Ervin, another cross-country at Marion. "When you start running you feel (an) ache."
"So it's possible to drink too much water, but it is not common if you have a normal, health American diet," said Dr. Mindy Lacey.
Dr. Lacey said athletes should drink water during practice, not just eight, but nine to thirteen cups worth.
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