Youth Sport Podcast
Dr. Heather Logan Sprenger
On this episode we dive into: Hydration, Heat exhaustion, training adaption, and performance with Dr. Logan Sprenger who received her Ph.D. degree from the Department of Human Health & Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph, Guelph, ON. Her graduate research was funded by the Gatorade Sport Science Institute (GSSI) where Dr. Sprenger’s speciality involved investigating the effects of exercise-induced dehydration on physiological responses, substrate oxidation, muscle metabolism, and performance.
We first start off chatting about Dr. Logan Sprenger’s incredible story as a two-sport National Team athlete with a combined 15 years experience competing at the international level in both ice hockey and professional road cycling.
A good story mixed with some amazing educational information equals a great conversation to listen to!
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Here’s what we talked about:
- Early years as a multi-sport athlete in a rural area
- How to instil a love of play in kids without organized sports
- How an opportunity came up to go to the big city to pursue hockey at age 16
- Where the beginning of playing in the National Women’s Hockey League began
- “It was evident that they didn’t want me there, I was just good enough to play there.”
- “I had to be on every game otherwise there would be talk”
- How trust is huge as a child, what a kid needs to hear to get the most out of them
- Playing hockey with boys
- Advice to parents coaching their child
- How professional cycling came about
- Dr. Logan Sprenger beat some of the girls that were going to the Olympics in her first big cycling race!
- Earning a pro contract in cycling while still playing in the National Women’s Hockey League
- “I played at the highest level for women’s hockey in Canada and the world, and it wasn’t anything like cycling”
- “I realized very early that you have to be a good role player on a team”
- “I could celebrate my friends without being envious because I knew my time was coming too”
- The science to be able to acclimate to extreme environmental conditions
- Athletes training in heat, especially training camps
- Really good hydration/cooling tips
- How to trick the brain into thinking your’e not as tired as you are
- body mass and gender differences affecting the body’s ability to cool down
- What coaches should know about humidity
- How to help teams acclimatize when traveling to hot places
- Pre/Post Body mass calculation for “Sweat Rate”: Weight in before training in minimal clothing (in Kg’s) , Weight after training (Kg’s), add in the amount of fluid they took in, (L), subtract any urine volume = sweat loss, then divide by the time of the session to get the sweat rate. (Here’s and article to help)
- Information on Training Recovery
- How quickly performance suffers from dehydration
- Alcohol and athletes
- Advice to coaches- needs/gap analysis, planning
- “Child and youth coaches have the biggest impact on moulding the future athlete”
- “Are you providing enough of a stress to see the cells change?”
- Advice to athletes
- Advice to Dr. Logan Sprenger’s younger self!
And now…the full conversation: