To Build a Better Youth Athlete, Slug Sports Drinks [news]
Team sports ain't what they used to be. Parents jeer, coaches demand and kids — understandably — are under a lot of pressure to perform. Competition, even at young ages, can be intense. Let's talk stamina. On those days your child needs a little extra boost on the football field, forget the energy bars; it's energy drinks your budding winner needs.
Researchers at the University of Edinburgh found 12- to 14-year-olds last longer when they slug an isotonic sports drink before and during matches. The small study followed 15 teens as they participated in exercise that made them huff and puff as they would were they playing rugby, hockey or football.