boy drinking water from waterbottle By Mariamne Beuscher, communications intern

Sports medicine specialists agree, water is the best beverage choice for young athletes.

When it comes to specialized sports and energy drinks, “Kids and adolescents really should not be using these drinks. Water is the best method of hydration,” Penn State Medical Group primary care sports medicine physician Dr. Katie Gloyer told Health Day.

Sports and energy drinks contain added sugar, which can lead to health risks such as tooth decay and weight gain. Some adolescents report negative side effects after drinking energy drinks, including feeling nervous and jittery. Additionally, energy drinks contain stimulants that are known to increase blood pressure, induce headaches and cause upset stomach.

Water is always the best drink choice to stay hydrated during physical activity. Parents and coaches should be sure that young athletes take hydration breaks every 30 to 45 minutes.

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