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Energy Drinks

Be aware of what kind of drinks your players bring into the gym.

Newscore is reporting on a study just published in the journal Pediatrics that says energy drinks offer no health benefits and may be harmful to young people.

The article says that drinks, according to researchers from the University of Miami, have a long list of potential side effects — including heart palpitations, seizures, strokes and even sudden death.

According to the news report, the drinks contain high levels of caffeine — between three and five times more than most colas — and also typically include additives that boost the effects of caffeine.

The article noted that in countries where the drinks are regulated, officials have reported cases of liver damage, kidney failure, seizures, confusion and arrhythmias. Among the areas of concern are the possibility they can exacerbate cardiac conditions and can interfere with the development of bone mass in young adolescents. The sugar content can also contribute to diabetes and obesity.

The researchers encouraged pediatricians to talk to their patients and the children’s parents about energy drinks and let them know about the potential dangers.

A trade association for the beverage industry disagreed with the findings.

“This literature review does nothing more than perpetuate misinformation about energy drinks, their ingredients and the regulatory process,” Maureen Storey, senior vice president of science policy for the American Beverage Association, told the Miami Herald.

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Coach Tully speaks to groups about getting more out of practice and study time. He also tutors student-athletes.


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