2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

Differences in Athletes and Non-Athletes Quantity and Reasons for Consumption of Energy Drinks
Brooke M. Rugger*, M.J. Kang, Jazmin R. Williams, and Ellen P. Russell
Dr. Jerry Mayhew, Faculty Mentor

Energy drink (ED) consumption has gained popularity among college students. The purpose of this study was to compare ED consumption patterns and reasons behind their usage among collegiate athletes and non-athletes. Truman students (209 non-athletes and 185 athletes) completed a survey designed to assess reason for and patterns of ED consumption. The survey had participants rank usage (1 = never to 5 = always) for such items as counteracting insufficient sleep, increasing energy, enhancing endurance performance, enhancing strength during resistance training, mixing with alcohol, and staying alert while studying. Results revealed a nonsignificant difference (χ = 0.19, p>.05) between non-athletes (53%) and athletes (47%) in utilizing ED. Based on the percentage more athletes consumed ED to increase energy (6.7%), and more non-athletes consumed EDs to mix with alcohol (11.1%). We conclude that energy drink use of Truman athletes is no more extensive than that of Truman nonathletes.

Keywords: energy drink, athlete, consumption

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 4-10
Location: SUB-GEO
Time: 4:15

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