Sports Beverages for Optimizing Physical Performance

  • Ronald J. MaughanEmail author
  • Susan M. Shirreffs
Part of the Nutrition and Health book series (NH)


Many different factors combine to produce a successful performance in sporting contests, with genetic endowment playing a large role. Other factors also intervene, but many of these also have a genetic basis, including the ability to adapt to a training program and probably also the psychological factors that encompass motivation, competitiveness, and tactical awareness. Consistent intensive training is a major factor in the success of most elite performers, but there is a limit to the training load that can be sustained without illness or injury. Of those factors that can be altered by conscious effort, nutrition, which is perhaps only a very small part of the overall picture, is of considerable importance because it is arguably the factor that athletes can most tightly control.


Dehydration Hypohydration Exercise performance Sports drinks Sweat loss 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Sport, Exercise and Health SciencesLoughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK
  2. 2.Research and Development, GSK, AS1MiddlesexUK

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