Good Sports – Alcohol & Performance

NHRU is a Level 3 Good Sports accredited club.

As a Good Sports club we are committed to managing alcohol responsibly. Alcohol can significantly affect sporting performance and recovery.

Slower reflexes and reduced coordination: Drinking even a small amount of alcohol before or during a game can affect reaction time, reflexes, balance, hand-eye coordination and motor skills.

Hangovers: Symptoms of a hangover include headache, fatigue, shakiness, nausea and vomiting. Not ingredients for a tip-top sporting performance! Reduced performance and stamina: Our bodies work hard to increase energy when we’re playing sport. After drinking, your body needs to work to break down the alcohol. These two processes compete for resources, and when combined with dehydration, decrease performance and stamina. Soft tissue injuries take longer to repair: Recovering from a soft tissue injury requires reducing blood flow to the area; however alcohol increases blood flow and as a result increases recovery time.

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