Hydration or let me say dehydration is often a topic when discussing overall health. Many athletes don’t get enough water and this does affect their recovery between practices and games. I know I need to drink 8 cups of water a day but I also know from time to time, I get tired of drinking just water.
If you exercise harder than one hour such as practices and games, stick with your “...ade” drink. If you are a “cramper” then try coconut water with a pinch of salted added since it has extra potassium. If you exercise less than this, water will do but coconut water is an alternative with additional health benefits.