New UCLA head coach Chip Kelly is known for his team’s intense off-field regimens from conditioning to meal plans.
With the Bruins, Kelly is adding even more emphasis on hydration thanks in part to the school’s sports science program.
— Thuc Nhi Nguyen (@thucnhi21) April 19, 2018
Thuc Nhi Nguyen of the Los Angeles Daily News highlighted Kelly’s efforts with hydration:
The famously research-obsessed coach has implemented a wide-reaching sports science program that includes everything from GPS monitors and extra nutrient-packed meals to designated hydration periods during practice. Approaching the end of their first spring campaign with the new system, the Bruins feel the extra attention to off-the-field details will prepare them for the long season to come.
“I feel like with this, we’re always going to have the advantage (in games),” running back Soso Jamabo said. “We’re always going to be one step ahead of the other team and just always in better shape.”
The program Kelly has instituted with the Bruins includes players mixing in electrolyte powder to water and each player being required to finish a full bottle during water breaks.
“In high school, I kind of (paid attention to hydration) because I noticed I cramped up a lot, but being a young kid, I didn’t really understand it,”fifth-year senior Christian Pabico said. “So now I think understanding it — knowing when to drink and what I should be drinking — I’ve prevented a lot of that.”
UCLA hosts its spring game on Saturday.