Positive and Negative Effects Of Energy Drinks On Athletes

positive and negative effects of energy drinks

Energy drinks are causing positive and negative effects on athletes

In other articles we have discussed a lot of negative effects that energy drinks can cause to dental health. Some new research has shown other negative effects on our health as well. This study shows positive and negative effects of energy drinks on athletes.

Some negative effects of energy drinks on athletes are an increase of insomnia, nervousness and high levels of stimulation in the hours following competition. Some positive effects were that the athletes saw improvements of between 3 and 7 percent in their sports performance.

The four year study which was conducted by researchers from Camilo Jose Cela University observed top athletes who took the equivalent of three cans of energy drink or an energy drink placebo before their competitions.

Read more about this study and the positive and negative effects of energy drinks by reading the article found on Med India here: Energy Drinks Cause Insomnia and Nervousness in Athletes.

Are Athletes More At Risk For Cavities?

A study published in The British Journal of Sports Medicine, was done on athletes and their oral health. There have been hints that athletes could be more at risk for cavities and other oral health issues.  The study examined 278 athletes at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The interesting findings were that a majority of these athletes exhibited poor oral health including tooth dec25211649-silhouette-of-man-with-premium-medalay and gum disease.

You may think that sugary sports drinks and energy bars could be a primary cause of the athletes poor oral health, but some other studies done didn’t really find much a of a link there. Some researchers at the dental school in University Hospital Heidelberg, Germany, recruited some athletes to delve further into the link between them and poor oral health. To read about this interesting study, check out the article from the New York Times here: Is Exercise Bad For Your Teeth?

Reduce Sports-Related Concussions with Custom-Made Mouthguards

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Sports organizations, everything from youth recreational programs to professional leagues, have all increased  their radar on the affects of mild traumatic brain injuries (concussions) and how to prevent them. According to Medical News Today, athletes can reduce their risk of concussion injuries by wearing custom-made mouthguards. In a study published in General Dentistry, high school football players who wore mouthguards bought from a store, over-the-counter, were more than twice as likely to suffer concussions than those who wore a mouthguard that was custom-made by a dentist for their mouth.

Read more about the study and topic here: Athlete’s Risk of Concussion Reduced by Custom-Made Mouthguards.