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Since the creation of Gatorade in 1987 sports drinks have become a staple of American athletics. Every major sports league, including the NBA, NHL, MLB, NFL and NASCAR, are sponsored by and use Gatorade Thirst Quencher. All Sport and Powerade, two other smaller market sports drinks, have limited sponsorships of smaller sports leagues including the NCAA. The question is, how effective is Gatorade and other sports drinks in doing what it they’re advertised to do? One has to wonder if the wide use of Gatorade is merely due to billions of dollars of advertising pumped in by the company or if it actually does provide some benefits to athletes. The majority of the internet research to determine the effectiveness of sports drinks will center on Gatorade because it is the only sports drink with significant information on the internet. It shouldn’t be too much of problem comparing sports drinks due to the fact that most of the sports drinks have rather similar ingredients.
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