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Old 01-26-2009, 04:42 AM   #16
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Default Re: Energy drinks before the game.

i find it leaves my spit all thick from sugar and whatnot so its harder to breath and i am constantly spitting (outside only of course) and i really dont even notice im alert more like agitated and shoot when the shot clock is at 20 type of thing. and you crash 5 minutes in
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Old 02-15-2009, 06:43 PM   #17
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Default Re: Energy drinks before the game.

Yea, as most mentioned here energy drinks will only give you a short-term boost. Water alone is ok, but if you want to improve your performance you can actually mix together your own sport drink! This will sound random, but a lot of athletes from long distance sports (who know how to take care of their bodies... ) use it.

Take a 1 or 1 1/2 litter bottle and fill it half with water and the other half apple juice. If you play pick up games for longer than 2 hours you can also add 1 to 2 grams of salt. The salt helps water absorption, and the apple juice contains dextrose, which as a carbohydrate takes longer to process than sport drinks like red bull, which are at the top of the Glycemic index scale. In English this means it will take your body longer to convert the carbs into energy, and therefore being a more economic fuel source!
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Old 02-18-2009, 03:26 PM   #18
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Default Re: Energy drinks before the game.

i would just go wit water...and some music to get you amped up!
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Old 02-23-2009, 12:59 PM   #19
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i would just go wit water...and some music to get you amped up!

Water is fine, but if you play for more than an hour you will need carbs, which it unfortunately doesn't have.
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Energy drinks are bad for you.
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Water is fine, but if you play for more than an hour you will need carbs, which it unfortunately doesn't have.


I prefer to water our athletes Gatorade or the like down a bit. That way they are not getting full power gatorade which tends to upset some stomachs. I do the same for myself on the court or on the ice playing hockey.
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Default Re: Energy drinks before the game.

Eat around 300g of carbs from something like brown rice and apples about 2-3 hours before playing. Trust me, I've been through the energy drink stage and nothing gives you better, more sustained energy than just eating complex carbs a few hours before playing. Huge difference in performance because you won't feel bloated, get the crash effect, etc.
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Yea, as most mentioned here energy drinks will only give you a short-term boost. Water alone is ok, but if you want to improve your performance you can actually mix together your own sport drink! This will sound random, but a lot of athletes from long distance sports (who know how to take care of their bodies... ) use it.

Take a 1 or 1 1/2 litter bottle and fill it half with water and the other half apple juice. If you play pick up games for longer than 2 hours you can also add 1 to 2 grams of salt. The salt helps water absorption, and the apple juice contains dextrose, which as a carbohydrate takes longer to process than sport drinks like red bull, which are at the top of the Glycemic index scale. In English this means it will take your body longer to convert the carbs into energy, and therefore being a more economic fuel source!

How long have you been doing that for? Does it actually work and help lower fatigue?
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Old 02-26-2009, 02:01 PM   #24
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How long have you been doing that for? Does it actually work and help lower fatigue?

If it didnít work I would not have posted it;-).

I started taking it after a buddy who does cross-country skiing recommended it. As with all drinks however you need to see how well you stomach it before and while you are playing. Itís never going to be as tasty as commercial energy drinks, but yea, it keeps you going for longer. Read it up in any sport science or diet book.

As mentioned though itís an acquired taste. Even some people from long distance sports turn their nose up at it for the first few hours. Right up until water by itself isnít enough anymore to keep them going. Then all of a sudden this mix is the best thing ever.

You will also need to get the mix just right for you. Maybe you will need ĺ water and only ľ apple juice. And as mentioned only add the salt if you are playing for longer than 2 hours. Even the drink itself is only really beneficial if you are playing for longer than an hour. Up to an hour water will do fine.
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If it didnít work I would not have posted it;-).

I started taking it after a buddy who does cross-country skiing recommended it. As with all drinks however you need to see how well you stomach it before and while you are playing. Itís never going to be as tasty as commercial energy drinks, but yea, it keeps you going for longer. Read it up in any sport science or diet book.

As mentioned though itís an acquired taste. Even some people from long distance sports turn their nose up at it for the first few hours. Right up until water by itself isnít enough anymore to keep them going. Then all of a sudden this mix is the best thing ever.

You will also need to get the mix just right for you. Maybe you will need ĺ water and only ľ apple juice. And as mentioned only add the salt if you are playing for longer than 2 hours. Even the drink itself is only really beneficial if you are playing for longer than an hour. Up to an hour water will do fine.

Yea i tried it yesterday. I played for like 2 3 hours and I dunno, cant really tell whether it worked, I'll try again today.

I added like a 1/4 of apple juice and less than a teaspoon of salt (was that too much)? But it didnt hurt me lol. But my concern is if anything, salt aint good for your heart so why is it recommended. Thats why I added the tiniest bit of salt.
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Yea i tried it yesterday. I played for like 2 3 hours and I dunno, cant really tell whether it worked, I'll try again today.

I added like a 1/4 of apple juice and less than a teaspoon of salt (was that too much)? But it didnt hurt me lol. But my concern is if anything, salt aint good for your heart so why is it recommended. Thats why I added the tiniest bit of salt.

LOL..

That redbull stuff just Fucks you up.

I tried it like twice and I noticed that into a few minutes all I could think about was "Okay? when is this sh!t going to work already? When am I going to start spuer ballin'?" Then a few minutes into playing, I notice that I'm playing like crap. Then I think to myself "Wheres that boost? I feel drained"
And then later on I realized that it was a crash that I was going through.lol


So What I try to do is before a game eat something an hour or two before (something small like a 1/2 sandwich or a full one)

Then drink a bottle of water right before and drink a little bit of Gatorade right before you play..

Then I'm usually good for about 2 hours.. then I'll feel a bit drained, and what gets me back up to speed is when we are about to lose or someone is trash talkin, the adrenaline gets me pumped
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Old 03-01-2009, 08:30 AM   #27
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I added like a 1/4 of apple juice and less than a teaspoon of salt (was that too much)? But it didnt hurt me lol. But my concern is if anything, salt aint good for your heart so why is it recommended. Thats why I added the tiniest bit of salt.

Yea, a lot of what people say about salt isn’t true. If you are an inactive person who just sits at a desk all day, who then goes home to sit in front of the TV, then yea, to much salt isn’t the best idea in the world.

You however are quite active by the sounds of it! Your body needs some salt. For you (and anyone who is physically active) salt helps the body’s water absorption (which in extreme cases can even prevent a water poisoning!). Your heart will be fine. Some people also like adding it to this drink for some extra taste.

As with all things it’s just a question of common sense. To much salt is bad for you, but you do need a certain amount. Most people’s salt needs are already covered without them adding any extra to their meals. If you are active you can add a little as you need more. You seem to be dosing it just fine, so no need to worry.

Also, bit off subject here, but if you ever think your salt levels might be too low you can do a simple test. Put some salt in a glass of water and drink it. If you can taste the salt your salt levels are fine. If however you drink it and it just tastes like pure water you are probably suffering from a salt deficiency! If that is the case you can raise your salt level by slowly drinking water with salt in it. Stop drinking as soon as you start tasting the salt!

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Yea i tried it yesterday. I played for like 2 3 hours and I dunno, cant really tell whether it worked, I'll try again today.

As for not being sure if it works, look at it this way: it’s not meant to actually give you a sugar boost like Redbull or high sugar based energy drinks. After them your body will at some point crash...

Instead this drink gives you complex carbs that help you body last for longer. That’s the kind of effect you might feel. If not don’t worry about it, you are still doing your body some good and it should help a quicker recovery after balling;-).
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Default Re: Energy drinks before the game.

i only eat a good meal rich of proteins and drink alot of one hour ateast before practice or just bball playing. then 20 min before i take this

http://www.proteinfabrikken.no/aspx/...aspx?plid=1857

(i wasnt sure if links are allowed but if it isnt tell me and i wont do it again, dont hang me! :P )

it a spoon of pouder mixed with water.
it tastes good and theres no sugar its only karbos, and since im norwegian i don't have time to translate it all :P but yall probably get my point.

and this only gives your body what it needs to use all the power and energi your body can do to maximize your performance...and this is hood approved and proffesional approved :P

every one i have given a shake to has approved it , and theres no monkey buisness in it or any monkeys who ever did their bisness in it that i know off :P

and the most popular counter is " yeah but the effectiveness will slow down when you consume it for a longer period.


answer is offcourse...but then u just go out and jog a mile without this and til next time your playing basketball the **** will work :)

im saying this of experiense on behalf of my age group , i wouldnt know about 30 year olds and up...

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Yea, a lot of what people say about salt isnít true. If you are an inactive person who just sits at a desk all day, who then goes home to sit in front of the TV, then yea, to much salt isnít the best idea in the world.

You however are quite active by the sounds of it! Your body needs some salt. For you (and anyone who is physically active) salt helps the bodyís water absorption (which in extreme cases can even prevent a water poisoning!). Your heart will be fine. Some people also like adding it to this drink for some extra taste.

As with all things itís just a question of common sense. To much salt is bad for you, but you do need a certain amount. Most peopleís salt needs are already covered without them adding any extra to their meals. If you are active you can add a little as you need more. You seem to be dosing it just fine, so no need to worry.

Also, bit off subject here, but if you ever think your salt levels might be too low you can do a simple test. Put some salt in a glass of water and drink it. If you can taste the salt your salt levels are fine. If however you drink it and it just tastes like pure water you are probably suffering from a salt deficiency! If that is the case you can raise your salt level by slowly drinking water with salt in it. Stop drinking as soon as you start tasting the salt!



As for not being sure if it works, look at it this way: itís not meant to actually give you a sugar boost like Redbull or high sugar based energy drinks. After them your body will at some point crash...

Instead this drink gives you complex carbs that help you body last for longer. Thatís the kind of effect you might feel. If not donít worry about it, you are still doing your body some good and it should help a quicker recovery after balling;-).

Oh I see, cool.

So just adding a teaspoon (but not too much of the teaspoon) of salt is fine? I actually tried that drink again on Saturday, I guess I didnt play too long (like 2 hours) so I didnt really notice much. I drank like half the drink before I played, and finished the rest after like 1 hour, so I dunno. I'll keep trying though.

But nah i dont think I have any salt deficiency cos I can definately taste salt in any glass of water. I can even taste the salt in that drink you mentioned. But tis cool though lol.

What if I decide to add something else to it, any suggestions lol?

By the way its good to see another london baller here. Where in London you based? You play pro?
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Energy drinks are not made for athletes. Even Red Bull the company is saying it should not be used as a sport drink, and when a company says something that might hurt sales you best believe it's the truth.
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