Danger and Power Of Energy Drinks on Golfers

There have been recent reports in the media of the powerful impact that energy drinks can have on golfers and other sports enthusiasts. It’s not all negative, but there are some dangers in consuming these products. I asked our fitness guru, Kathy Ekdahl from PersonalBestPersonalTraining what she thought of them. Listen to the podcast here:

If you prefer to read rather than listen, here’s a quick summary of what she had to say:

Energy drinks have been around for a while and some, like 5 Hour Energy are targeting golfers. There is definitely an improvement in performance when you consume an energy drink, but there are some side effects. These are metabolic booster drinks. The hallmark is they contain a lot of caffeine, and caffeine does improve strength and endurance. It’s a nervous system stimulator. But a lot of these drinks are loaded with too much caffeine equal to drinking up to 5 cups of coffee.

If you have an underlying cardiac condition, or one that is, in fact, unknown to you, taking a shot of one of these drinks could prove dangerous and could cause problems.

It’s always smart to check with your doctor. If you are overweight, or a senior, if you are taking any prescription drugs, it’s always best to check with your physician to be sure taking an energy booster drink is right for you.

Do you use energy drinks on the golf course? Tell us about your experience in the comment box below.

  2 comments for “Danger and Power Of Energy Drinks on Golfers

  1. Gail
    November 29, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I use the 5 hour and have never had the effects that caffeine can cause. But, I also make sure I have food during the round. I don’t like the Gartorade type drinks, to much sugar, that bothers me more.

    As I have gottten into my 60s I need a little energy lift for the last 5 holes.

    • Pat Mullaly
      November 30, 2012 at 10:19 am

      Thanks Gail for your response. I actually like the Gator type drinks, but only once in a while. I prefer water but once in a while the vending machine on the 11th hole on my home course is out of water… especially on a hot day, and I will drink the blue Gator drink. Still unsure what it tastes like… something like a berry flavoring??? but it gets me through the round.

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