Water Better Than Sports Drinks For Young Athletes And Kids

April 18, 2017

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Sports medicine specialists say water is better than sports drinks for young kids and athletes. Dr. Matthew Silvis, director of primary care sports medicine at Penn State Health Medical Center, says that unless young athletes or kids are involved in high intensity workouts for over 45 minutes, water is the best way to rehydrate.  The study found most kids do not work out nearly as long and at such a high intensity. They say calorie-laden sports drinks do more harm than good as they put kids at risk of weight gain and tooth decay.  Many sports and energy drinks contain large amounts of sugar, caffeine and other stimulants which can cause changes in blood pressure, cause heart palpitations and heart rhythm disorders, headaches and upset stomach.


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