Is it okay to have an energy drink an hour before a competition?

An energy drink is not recommended one hour prior to a competition because it has high levels of caffeine. Also, energy drinks are not designed to replenish electrolytes lost in sweat.

(This answer provided for NATA by the Appalachian State University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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