Hydration: Sports Drinks vs Water - Texas Children's Sports Medicine

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What keeps athletes more hydrated - sports drinks or water?

Texas Children's Chief of Sports and Adolescent Medicine Dr. Albert Hergenroeder explains that if you are participating in an athletic activity for less than an hour, water is ok. If you get into a prolonged sporting activity of an hour or more, then drinking a sports drink like Gatorade or Powerade is encouraged.

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