How Sports Drinks Affect Swimming

Many people drink a sports beverage before they go swimming because they think that the beverage will improve their performance. However, a new study that was done by the Royal College of Pediatrics and Children’s Health has proven that sports drinks do not improve performance. The study involved 19 subjects who were between the ages of 11 and 17.

 

All of the subjects were all competitive swimmers. They were asked to drink water, sports drink or nothing at all before they went swimming. The study authors measured their performance using electronic timing equipment.

 

The results of the study showed that the subjects who did not drink anything swam faster than those who drank water or a sports beverage. The study also showed that people who drank water swam faster than those who drank a sports beverage. The researchers concluded that neither water nor sports beverages benefits an athlete’s performance.

 

They also noted that sports beverages are sugar-sweetened beverages. Gavin Partington is the director general of the British Soft Drinks Association. He stated that sports drinks are designed to hydrate you before and after intense exercise. However, it is important to note that how active you are will influence how sports beverages affect your body. The other beverages that you have drunk during the day will also affect how your body is affected by a sports beverage.

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