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Sports drinks were developed to help replenish fluid, electrolytes, and carbohydrates lost during long, hard exercise, sometimes performed in extreme temperatures. For example, participating in endurance cycling, marathon training, competitive soccer and tennis matches, and football during the summer months. While sports drinks provide benefits under such circumstances, youth are consuming sports drinks after minimal physical activity, during routine sports practices, and sometimes even outside of sports participation.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
November 18, 2013