University of Connecticut

Research shows hydration essential not just for athletes

Graduate students Elizabeth Adams and Lesley Willis monitor a subject exercising on a treadmill.

Graduate students Elizabeth Adams and Lesley Willis monitor a subject exercising on a treadmill.

According to Lawrence Armstrong, professor and interim department head in the Department of Kinesiology, proper hydration is an important factor for good health. This applies to everyone, not only endurance athletes.

While symptoms of severe dehydration such as dizziness, increased heart rate and muscle weakness are more commonly known, even mild dehydration (1.5 percent) can cause mood changes and impaired cognitive performance.

Water is essential for proper metabolism, nutrient and waste transport, body temperature regulation and cardiovascular function. Water is lost through urine, sweat, feces and respiratory vapor, and lifestyle choices affect daily hydration. For example, drinking alcoholic beverages or eating foods high in protein or sodium increases the need for water to avoid dehydration.

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Image of the week: UConn to host National Intercollegiate Polo Tournament April 6-11; UConn women will compete

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The UConn Women’s Polo Team played Cornell December 7, 2014, at UConn. UConn players are Sara Tufts (#1), Audrey Persano (#2) and Carly Persano (#3). Photo by Don Gebben.

The National Intercollegiate Polo Championships will be hosted by the UConn Department of Animal Science, UConn Polo Club, UConn and the United States Polo Association from April 6 to April 11 at the Horsebarn Hill Arena in Storrs. All matches are free and open to the public.

The UConn women’s team came in second in the Northeast Regional Tournament to advance to the nationals, where they are seeded third.

The men’s semi-finals will be Wednesday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Women’s semi-finals will be Thursday, April 9 at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. An alumni match will be played Friday, April 10 at 6:00 p.m.

The finals are scheduled for April 11 at 10:00 a.m. (women’s) and noon (men’s).  At the finals, the UConn Morgan Drill Team will perform and the UConn a capella group Extreme Measures (featuring two animal science students) will sing the national anthem.

The Northeast Regional Tournament was hosted by Department of Animal Science and the UConn Polo Club March 18-22.

Here’s a video about the UConn teams.

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Meet alumnus Brendan R. McMullen

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Brendan McMullen, who got his undergraduate degree in pathobiology here, is now an assistant professor at Tufts University.

Brendan McMullen’s journey from studying undergraduate pathobiology at UConn to receiving a doctor of veterinary medicine at Cornell University and then becoming a Tufts University educator required determination and hard work. However, he is no stranger to adversity. After being hard of hearing for years, McMullen became deaf. With the help of a cochlear implant, he is able to succeed in his career. Here is what he said in an interview.

What was your major in the College? When did you graduate? With what degree? I received a BS in pathobiology in 1999.

What class was most useful to you? Several courses were quite useful. Professor Sandra Bushmich was my advisor. She lined up course work that set me up well for the first year of vet school. I took hard-core pathobiology, veterinary science, animal and agricultural science and traditional biological science courses.

Tell us some of your fond memories of UConn. I participated in Alpha Gamma Rho and the animal science clubs. I especially liked the events that the students did together in the UConn chapter of the Block & Bridle Club. Also, I met my wife at UConn. She was a CANR student at the same time as I was. (more…)

Historical Image of the week

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“Poultry Club Members with birds on way to Connecticut Agricultural College” Check today’s Poultry Science Club.