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Dump the Energy Drinks: Why energy drinks are bad especially for physically active athletes Name: Class: Date: Table of Contents Table of Contents 1 Introduction 2 The Nutritional Value of Energy Drinks 2 Training as a Basis for Performance 3 Sine Wave Effects in Performance Situations 4 Stress Effects from “Over-clocking” Bio-Systems 5 Conclusion 6 Sources Cited 7 Introduction Clinical research is still divided over the use of sports drinks to increase performance in athletics, with some studies suggesting that caffeine use does provide a competitive advantage while others suggest that pure water is better than both sports drinks and caffeinated beverages.
The Burke (2008) study found that caffeine did include a performance benefit for athletes in competitive situations, however that this benefit could be achieved in smaller doses distributed over a longer period of time. (Burke, 2008) The van Nieuwenhoven et al. (2001) study suggested that caffeinated beverages and sports drinks create more gastro-intestinal problems for athletes vs. pure water. (van Nieuwenhoven et al., 2001) The Sokmen et al. (2008) study suggested low doses of caffeine over the three to four days preceding a sports performance to optimize the effect of the performance boost. (Sokmen et al., 2008) Consequently, the regular use of sports drinks can actually be detrimental to performance if over-used, especially if the competitors are relying on personal training with pure water used during competitions. ...
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