Information for Preteens:
Body Science, About Sports Drinks
Whether you are simply running around or playing in an official sports game, it is important to replenish your body with plenty of fluids.
Drinking an adequate amount of water helps to prevent you from becoming dehydrated. While water is a great way to quench your thirst, sports drinks can also be good for you.
Sports drinks have added salt and carbs. When you exercise vigorously and sweat, your body may lose a lot of salt. If you lose too much salt from sweating, you may get muscle cramps. If you burn too many carbs, you may run out of energy. Drinking sports drinks – like Gatorade – helps to replace both salt and carbs.
However, too much sugar and salt can be bad for your body, and sticking with good old-fashioned water is good enough for most physical activities.
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Below are links PAMF accessed when researching this topic. PAMF does not sponsor or endorse any of these sites, nor does PAMF guarantee the accuracy of the information contained on them.
Facts About Physical Activity, President's Council on Physical Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition.
Eating for Sports, Kidshealth.org.
For More Information:
See our My Body & Fitness article.
Reviewed by: Adolescent Interest Group
Last reviewed: August 2013