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sports drink effects are mostly in the mind?!!!???(2 posts)

sports drink effects are mostly in the mind?!!!???ET
Aug 28, 2001 9:41 AM
There was a recent journal article studying the effects of sport drink on cyclists (the reference to it was given in the latest issue of Cycling Plus). I tracked down the abstract of that article:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=10994918&dopt=Abstract

Basically (stripping away the mumbo jumbo) it says that those who were told they got a carb drink and did in fact get it had on average a 4.3% increase in power in a 40km TT over water alone, those told it was a placebo but it really was a carb drink gained only 0.5%, and those told nothing had the largest variation in performance.

Any thoughts? Cycling Plus says that even if the carbo boost is just imagined, the increase in performance is real, so it pays to use it. Just don't be mad at me if I just ruined your placebo effect!
mostly in the bladder!! nmRusty McNasty
Aug 28, 2001 10:15 AM