WATER AND CHO ARE EQUALLY PREFERABLE DURING A 2-HOUR PRACTICE
Herm, L., Ficek, S., Simmons, D., Olson, A., & Bacharach, D. (2001). How effective is a sport drink in enhancing performance of football practice drills? Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 33(5), Supplement abstract 1452.
This study assessed the effect of carbohydrate consumption during football practice on selected skills. Ss (N = 67) completed two practice sessions one week apart during similar environmental conditions and with equivalent program content. Skills were sprint-agility and a 160-yd cross-field shuttle. Ss were given a bottle of fluid of either CHO or water. A post-practice recall of perceived rating of exertion during the skills was recorded.
There were no differences in performances, RPE, fluid consumption, or preference for type of fluid. After practice, flavored drinks were preferred.
Implication. Commercial fluids or water are adequate fluid replacement forms during a 2-hour football practice session.
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