Energy Drinks vs. Sports Drinks

Energy drinks should not be confused with sports drinks, such as Gatorade, Powerade or Accelerade, which are intended to re-hydrate the body.  Sports drinks provide sugars, which the body burns to create energy and replenish electrolytes, helping to maintain salt and potassium balances in the body. Energy drinks, on the other hand, are formulated to deliver high concentrations of caffeine and other stimulants to give the drinker a rush of energy.  Energy drinks and their purported energy performance benefits are available to pretty much everyone regardless of their dangers and side effects. In spite of their increasing popularity, there is still controversy over their safety and suitability of these products for daily use. 

Athletes, please take serious caution in consuming these energy drinks. And remember the importance of hydrating your body — with water and sports drinks — as we enter the summer months.

Tim Maxey
Head Strength and Conditioning Coordinator
Cleveland Indians Baseball


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