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Energy Drinks could harm player's health and sports career

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MENDON, Ill. (WGEM) -

Young athletes and energy drinks. They're proving to be a bad combination.

Officials say more and more high school athletes are grabbing an energy drink - like Monster or Rockstar - to try and keep up.

It's a hot sticky day at this football camp in Mendon - but the Mustangs are already looking ahead to the fall season. Head coach Kevin Krietemeyer says one of the most important training tools is making sure the young athletes are taking care of their bodies during the heat of the day.


"We basically take breaks every 20,30 minutes and give them water," he said.

Brady Loos says he can tell the difference in his game when he's been drinking water rather than a caffeinated beverage.

"Like I can feel it, I'm breathing, I'm sweating harder, I'm not in shape," he said. 

Krietemeyer says he discourages his players from anything that isn't good for hydration - especially energy drinks - which are not FDA approved.

"You know, you read a lot of bad things about it, it's just sugar, it's just a quick high or whatever - it's not good for you, a lot of sugar." 

Kathy Turpin with the organization "Drug Free Sport" says - that's exactly the attitude coaches need to take with their athletes.  She says energy drinks are more dangerous on the athletic fields than most kids realize.

"Very huge safety issues, leading to even death, of student athletes - because when they're out there in the heat related competitions or practices - their increased heart rate, their increased body temperature based on the energy boost and the stimulants is not healthy," she says.

Turpin says energy drinks not only put the athlete's health at-risk, but they could also get the player banned from competition.

"There is a reason why they are a banned substances in many cases because they're stimulants and that's performance enhancing."


 

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