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One of the most important parts of playing sports is staying hydrated throughout your game (or practice). There are many drinks you can choose from, but not all are equally beneficial. Here’s a breakdown of the good and the bad of some of the most common drink choices among athletes:

Water

Water is by far the best option for rehydrating any young athlete. Studies have proven time and time again that good old-fashioned H2O does the best job at keeping athletes hydrated. You just may need to remind your kids to keep drinking it, especially if they sweat more heavily, since they might not notice their thirst as easily and can forget to rehydrate.

Sports Drinks

Flavored sports drinks are best for athletes who are exercising for longer periods of time or who are involved in endurance-type sports. These drinks contain salty ingredients, so athletes will feel the need to drink them more often. The downside of these drinks is that they usually contain artificial colors, preservatives, and high levels of sugar, which can lead to weight gain and cavities in young children.

Enhanced Water

While the sweet flavors of these drinks may have your child drinking them more frequently, they don’t deliver on the benefits they promise. They isn’t any evidence that supports enhanced water being any better than regular water, and for the extra price you’ll pay, you are better off opting for the latter.

Energy Drinks

Caffeinated energy drinks are the worst option for your young athlete. While they are popular among teens for their taste and jolts of energy, these drinks contain unregulated amounts of caffeine and stimulants that can contribute to rapid heartbeat and agitation. It’s best to steer clear of any and all energy drinks.

Bottom line: When it comes down to it, water is the best option for all young athletes. Whatever they end up drinking, make sure the sport they’re refueling for is at Insports Centers.

As the largest indoor sports facility in southern Connecticut, Insports Centers is devoted to the health of the younger generation. We provide a safe, stress-free environment for your children to participate in as many sports as they’d like. Visit our website for more information, or call us (203) 268-1214.