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Part I: Are Energy Drinks Risky for Athletes?

Updated: Aug 23, 2019

Advertisers attract athletes to their products with the promise of increased athletic performances. Are these claims valid? What are the effects of energy drinks on athletes?

When you need that extra boost to get you through a strenuous work out, or an early morning workout, or through a game, you turn to caffeine to provide that kick. It is usually obtained in the form of coffee or an energy drink. The average amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee is 100 mg. The typical 12 ounce energy drink contains between 72 and 150 mg of caffeine. Larger cans can have up to 250 mg and energy shots can contain as much as 260 mg. You know you are getting caffeine when drinking coffee, but it’s not so clear with energy drinks. This is especially concerning when you consider that 40 to 70% of athletes consume energy drinks.

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