Energy drinks, a Scottish research has suggested, do infact help athletes improve their endurance and levels of performance. The study of young sportsmen and women found that consuming the drinks before and during exercise meant they could play in team games for longer than those who had not used the products. The researchers said the study highlighted the importance of hydration and energy intake for performance during intense sporting activities, reports the Scotsman. The Edinburgh University study recruited student's aged 12 to 14 to help assess the effectiveness of sports drinks. The team measured the performance of the 15 youngsters during exercises designed to simulate the physical demands of team games such as football, rugby and hockey. The group, who were recruited from George Watson's College in Edinburgh and other schools, were tested using one particular brand of energy drink called High5. The solution contains carbohydrates, sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium. The performance of students using the product was compared with that of players when they drank a non-carbohydrate placebo solution. The researchers found that taking the 6 per cent carbohydrate-electrolyte solution helped the young people continue high-intensity, stop-start activity for up to 24 per cent longer than those using the placebo drink. The research has been written in the European Journal of Applied Physiology. Source: ANI << Pressure to Look Good Coupled With Academic Stress Causes Y... Oz Schools Hoping To Beat Obesity Epidemic By Making Kids '... >> Recommended Reading Energy Drinks Pose More Risks Than Benefits Energy drinks, although very popular and easily available, have been subject to speculation of posing more risks than benefits. READ MORE Energy Drinks is a Risk for Kids Health An editorial has outlined the grave risk to children's health from the consumption of highly-caffeinated energy drinks. READ MORE Not a Good Idea to Have Coca-Cola's High-caffeine Energy Drink on Tap Aussie doctors and health activists have condemned Coca-Cola for making its high-caffeine energy drink so easily available from taps in pubs. READ MORE Serious Heart Condition can be Caused by Just One Energy Drink A new study has revealed that just one energy drink, designed to increase stamina and improve physical performance, can cause 'serious heart conditions'. READ MORE Caffeine and Decaffeination Caffeine is a psychoactive stimulant alkaloid commonly found in many of the products we consume daily. Excess intake of caffeine can lead to symptoms similar to substance addiction. READ MORE Energy Drinks – Power or Hype? Energy drinks come with the promise of giving a boost during a workout unlike anything an energy rich food can provide. This discussion will give an insight to the pros and cons of energy drinks. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Indian Medical Journals Vent Forte (Theophylline) Daily Calorie Requirements More News on: Caffeine and DecaffeinationEnergy Drinks – Power or Hype?