Effects of Alcohol on your Performance

  • Greater risk of muscle cramps: During exercise, your muscles burn sugar thereby producing lactic acid. Too much lactic acid leads to muscle fatigue and cramps. If you drink in the 24 hour period before a match the alcohol contributes to a bigger build-up of lactic acid and dramatically increases your risk of cramping.
  • Greater risk for injuries and complications: Alcohol increases the bleeding and swelling around soft tissue injuries (sprains, bruises, and cuts – the most common sports injuries) requiring a longer recovery period. Alcohol also masks pain, which may lead you to a delay in getting treatment

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