Sports Drinks Are An Important Part of Your Practice Routine
By Amy Goodson
Sports drinks are designed to provide the body with carbohydrate during a workout (for energy) as well as replace the electrolytes (sodium and potassium) that are being sweated out.
As an athlete, your goal is to choose a sport drink that is 6-8 percent carbohydrate during exercise. This carbohydrate amount is optimal for athletic performance/training and gastric emptying. Drinks below six percent and above eight percent carbohydrate do not provide beneficial levels of carbohydrate during exercise and can cause stomach cramping and/or a decrease in energy levels.
Sports Drink Purpose
When should sports drinks be used?
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