vitaminwater Frequently Asked Questions

Please be aware that even the seemingly harmless can have consequences.    Here is the latest from the NCAA on vitamin water.


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  1. NCAA News Release

    February 11, 2009

    Recent media and blog coverage, including the February 10, 2009, post “Vitaminwater Runs Afoul of NCAA Banned-Substance Rule,” incorrectly states that student-athletes should not drink six of Vitaminwater’s varieties or they might test positive for banned substances.

    In fact, normal daily consumption of any of the 13 Vitaminwater varieties will not place a student-athlete at risk for testing positive for banned substances.

    Eight of the varieties, including Revive, the only NCAA-branded variety featured at NCAA Championships, contain no impermissible or banned substances and may be provided by member institutions to student-athletes.

    Three Vitaminwater varieties (Power-c, B-relaxed, and Balance) contain ingredients that categorize them as impermissible under NCAA extra benefit rules. As such, schools cannot provide these varieties to student-athletes as a nutritional supplement, but they can be purchased and consumed by student-athletes on their own without any risk to their NCAA eligibility.

    Two Vitaminwater varieties, Energy and Rescue, contain an ingredient or ingredients–caffeine and guarana seed extract (a caffeine source)—that are included on the NCAA’s drug-testing list of banned substances. The NCAA places a limit on the amount of caffeine that can be legally found in the urine of a student-athlete. This level was set to allow ordinary consumption of caffeine-containing beverages, such as cola, tea or coffee. Vitaminwater Energy and Vitaminwater Rescue contain low levels of caffeine. To put it in perspective, an average sized healthy man would have to drink ten 20 oz. bottles of Vitaminwater Energy or Rescue within several hours of competition to reach the level that could potentially create a positive NCAA urine test.

    The NCAA and Vitaminwater’s parent company, Coca-Cola, have diligently researched issues surrounding student-athlete consumption of these products prior to the October 2008 announcement of Revive being featured on sideline equipment at NCAA championships. At no time has student-athlete eligibility been put at risk for those who choose to drink Revive or any of the other varieties under normal daily consumption standards.

    Click here for the October 2008 press release and FAQ

  2. Here is an interesting article along the same lines of the previous post…
    Red Alert—NCAA Athlete Tested Positive on Caffeine and Energy Drinks!
    by Dawn Weatherwax-Fall, RD, CSSD, LD, LAT, ATC, CSCS
    According to Simmons Market Research Bureau, Rockstar, Red Bull and Monster made $3.4 billion in 2006 and reports thirty-one percent of U.S. teenagers drink energy drinks. Many athletes are tired and fatigued from repetitive workouts, demands of school and poor sleeping, nutrition and hydration habits. Selecting a product that promises a quick fix is very tempting to get through the day. Because of the word “energy” many athletes fall susceptible to these beverages. Supposedly they promise more energy, increase performance, boost endurance and speed up recovery from exercise. The American College of Sports Medicine claimed there was no evidence that the product effects performance in any such way.
    But beware! Energy drinks are high in calories and sugar. They have as much sugar as a soft drink. That means your energy levels will raise fast and fall fast. These products are well known for their higher caffeine contents, however these products don’t just have caffeine but other stimulants. With a supplement market that has no regulatory measures on safety and efficiency this mixture could possibly cause an athlete to test positive on a drug test. In fact an Indiana track athlete last Spring tested positive and they linked it in part to an Energy Drink Product!!! Because the athlete tested positive during a major competition they were automatically suspended from their sport for a year! If you can test positive on a drug screening way would anyone want to drink it? Let alone a young child or an adolescent.
    When you are low in energy ask your self these five things:
    1. Have I been averaging 7-9 hours of sleep?
    2. Am I getting enough calories to meet my recovery needs?
    3. Am I limiting my freebie intake to one a day or seven a week? (Freebies are items you should have in moderation)
    4. Am I eating every 3-4 hours?
    5. Am I drinking at least half of my weight in fluid ounces a day?
    If you are not meeting these five things there is a very good chance you will get fatigued due to neglect. The body can only handle so much without proper recovery. Eventually something has to give. Next time instead of heading for an energy drink, a high sugary item or a large coffee, please improve on one of the items above. Solving the problem is the real answer not reaching for a bandaid!

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