Water higher for younger athletes than sports activities drinks, consultants say


FRIDAY, April 14, 2017 — Water is a greater wager than sports activities drinks for younger athletes, sports activities medication specialists say.

Most kids do not exert themselves at an depth or length that requires the additional sugar and salt contained in sports activities drinks, mentioned Dr. Matthew Silvis. He’s director of main care sports activities medication at Penn State Well being Medical Middle.

“Sports activities drinks can replenish a few of what you misplaced throughout train, however you actually should be exercising for greater than 45 minutes to an hour earlier than you’ll take into account that,” Silvis mentioned.

“Lots of our children usually are not doing sufficient to warrant it,” he added in a college information launch.

Additionally, giving kids sports activities drinks with further sugar places them in danger for weight achieve and tooth decay, Silvis and his colleagues famous.

Dr. Katie Gloyer is a main care sports activities medication doctor at Penn State Medical Group, in State Faculty. She agreed that “youngsters and adolescents actually shouldn’t be utilizing these drinks. Water is the most effective technique of hydration.”

Power drinks that include caffeine or different stimulants are additionally ill-advised for youngsters, the physicians mentioned. These drinks can increase blood stress, trigger coronary heart palpitations and coronary heart rhythm problems, complications and upset abdomen.

Some youngsters can also really feel jittery or nervous after downing an power drink, the consultants added.

Coaches and oldsters ought to present water to ensure kids are correctly hydrated throughout train, the medical doctors mentioned.

“If they’re taking part in 30- or 45-minute halves, they need to have a water break, and possibly add recent orange slices or a granola bar so as to add a little bit of sugar and/or protein at an acceptable degree,” Silvis mentioned.

After train, complete or low-fat chocolate milk works simply as effectively — if not higher — than restoration drinks. “Chocolate milk has the right mixture of fats, proteins and carbohydrates that you simply need to get again into your system,” Silvis added.

Extra info

The American Academy of Pediatrics has extra on sports activities and power drinks.

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