Young Athletes and Nutritional Supplementation







Since I first posted about Gatorade on our Facebook Fan Page (some time ago now) I have admittedly become side tracked and the result is a huge delay in a proper response.


I have been meaning to reseach and comment on Gatorade and their new G-Series for some time.  My inquiries and investigations always begin in one place…the IYCA and the professionals like Dr. Chris Mohr.


Chris was kind enough to respond to a forum post on a the IYCA professionals forum and I am making sure you have access (it has now been posted on the main website for the IYCA)


Here is the forum thread:


IYCA Training Advisor, Dave Gleason, posted this incredible question on our Members Only message board a few days ago:


Gatorade is making a big push with its Series – Prime, Perform and Recover.


I have questions about –


1) Its efficacy
2) Its quality
3) Its potential as a viable alternative for the young athletes we deal with on a day to day basis.


Dr. Chris Mohr chimed in with an answer:



Prime — the 1st in the “series” is really just a convenient way to take carbohydrates.


It’s more concentrated than normal Gatorade, but not quite as concentrated as a gel.


I’d stick with basic Gatorade if it were me.


The Perform is regular Gatorade. And the Recover is mainly protein with very little carbohydrates.


This would be more suited for an anaerobic athlete, who isn’t burning through glycogen and doesn’t have to be as concerned
with replenishing glycogen as quickly.


If you’re working with a more endurance based athlete, I’d want more carbohydrates in the recovery product than this offers. Hope that helps and let me know if there are other questions!




~Coach Dave



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