Play football? - Don't use the wrong sports drink

Before, during and after training or football matches, players are told to have fluid. However, different types of sports drink can affect performance in different ways. TAKE YOUR PICK: More to choose from - more to get confused from.

There are many sports drinks available; different brands make different types of drinks. Some are low calorie, some have extra minerals or nutrients, and some contain more energy-giving ingredients.

Sports drinks for football can come in 3 particular types, all designed to help you in different ways on and off the pitch. Here is a quick guide to sports drinks for football.


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Hypotonic sports drinks have a lower amount of carbohydrates per volume of liquid and are a popular choice amongst footballers. They quickly replace fluids lost from sweating and are ideal for activity lasting up to 90-minutes.


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Isotonic sports drinks are the most popular choice amongst footballers. 
Much like hypotonic sports drinks, they quickly replace fluids lost from sweating, but also contain about 6-8% of total carbohydrates, making them a great way for a footballer to boost energy levels.

The carbohydrates in isotonic sports drinks are essential to fuel the muscles while exercising; the supply of carbohydrates needs to be topped up when exercising over an extended time for a footballer to keep running for the full length of a match.


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Hypertonic sports drinks have a carbohydrate mix that is above 8%, and although they are not the ideal choice for footballers, they are suitable for athletes who compete in long endurance events.

Pro footballers, if using hypertonic sports drinks, would so after training or games. Taken during exercise they can interfere with fluid absorption.

Final Note

Knowing how to use the right sports drink can make a difference to your performance. Choosing right will help make that difference a positive one.