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Important Health Information

FOR ATHLETIC DIRECTORS
from the California Interscholastic Federation

A member of the National Federation of State High School Associations

February 2013                                                                                  Issue 6

ENERGY DRINKS
Information from the CIF Sports Medicine Advisory Committee

On February 2, 2013 the CIF Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) met with members of the CIF Federated Council and presented information on a variety of health and safety topics.
Energy Drinks was one of the focuses of the presentation and the effects they can have on our student-athletes.  For more information please watch this video link which is an excerpt from the SMAC February 2 presentation.  
You may already know this, but there are significant differences between sports/electrolyte drinks (those that contain carbohydrates and electrolytes) and the "Energy" drinks that are now all the rage. But what you may not know is just how significant, and potentially serious, these differences can be. All of these names for drinks can be confusing - don't be fooled.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has discouraged the use of energy drinks by children and adolescents. Even caffeine can cause neurological and cardiovascular problems, and should be avoided.   
And for a chilling real-life example of the dangers of such drinks read Dakota Sailor's story on ESPN. This high school football start nearly died after drinking two cans of a widely distributed commercial beverage labeled as a as a 'high performance energy drink'.
For more information please visit the Sports Medicine Handbook located in the Health and Safety section on the cifstate.org website.
 
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Nutrition Powerpoint can be found below.