NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.
— The National Hockey League is using the latest research to promote the use of heat energy drink and energy drink-based energy products to improve players’ conditioning and help them sleep more soundly.
A new study published in the journal Sports Medicine showed the energy drinks are more effective than energy supplements in preventing and treating mild to moderate to severe muscle soreness.
The research showed that energy drinks and energy products reduce muscle sorenesses by 30 percent, according to Dr. Steven Hirsch, the study’s lead author and associate professor of sports medicine at Maryland.
Players are getting these energy drinks, which contain caffeine and sugar, because of the popularity of these products in the sports world, Hirsch said.
When you get the product in your hands and you look at it and you get an energy effect, it’s not a placebo effect.
There is an added benefit of these energy products, said Dr. Eric Klinenberg, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and an expert on sports medicine.
It helps you feel better.
It gives you energy.
This study showed that these energy product can be used for a lot more than just pain and soreness, said Klinenburg, who was not involved in the research.
“The athletes who use these products actually feel better,” he said.
“The pain relief, the energy.
And the sleep.
The rest of the energy product effect seems to be additive.”
This new study adds another benefit of energy drinks.
They actually improve sleep, and if you take care of your body, that’s a good thing,” Klinberg said.