Running recovery via an IV Drip; Is this a healthy trend or a dangerous procedure?
Years ago, I had volunteered to go to the NY Marathon and help with triage at the finish line. Anyone who volunteered needed to attend a briefing earlier in the week where they discussed safety and procedures concerning triage and how we should conduct ourselves while helping runners who crossed the finish line.
They also talked about the dangers of Hypernatremia, or overhydration which is a danger to long distance runners who take in too much water and too little electrolytes, which can be lethal. The Marathon has one of the best safety records in the country, partly because of the way they teach those who help with triage to help the athletes coming off the finish line. They are also very careful about not using an IV for most runners due to the complications of overhydration during a long race.
Recently, Runners World reported about companies offering IV’s at the end of their races, with the belief that it speeds recovery when it contains electrolytes, pain medication and nutrients. After knowing about Hypernatremia, is this really a good idea.
Check out this Runners World article
Are IV Drips the Future of Recovery for Runners? Clinics providing voluntary infusions are opening up around the country.
By Megan Hetzel, Illustrations By Dan Fuehrer, Photography By Steven Harp TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2015, 9:42 AM
A runner gets prepped for an IV after the Colfax Half Marathon in the Onus iV Hydration mobile unit; a runner receives an infusion.
After the BolderBoulder 10K in May, participants meandered through a postrace festival lined with vendors offering samples of coffee and fare from local food vendors.
They could also treat themselves to an IV drip.
No, it wasn”™t from the medical tent. At the Onus iV Hydration clinic”™s mobile unit, runners had the option to get a saline drip infused with vitamins, minerals, and pain medications with the hope of jumpstarting the recovery process.
Clinics like Onus iV Hydration””which formed its business in December 2014, takes its portable facility to races around Colorado, and will open its brick and mortar location next month in downtown Denver””are beginning to pop up around the country in cities like Chicago and New York City.
The service resembles clinics like Hangover Heaven in Las Vegas, which markets drips to drinkers with morning-after regrets. Some spas also offer drips to help people beat jet lag or the flu.
The practice of using IVs as a means of rehydration for athletes isn”™t new. Healthy elites have reportedly gotten saline-only drips for recovery for at least 20 years. What sets Onus iV Hydration apart is that it provides nutrient-enhanced drips targeted at regular endurance athletes looking to speed recovery.