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Lukaszuk, Judith M.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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School of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences


Nutrition; Coconut water--Health aspects; Coconut water--Physiological effect; Exercise--Physiological aspects


Background: Coconut water (CW) is a new sports drink on the market appealing to consumers who are seeking a more natural alternative to the traditional carbohydrate-containing sports beverage. CW contains five essential electrolytes as compared to the standard sports drinks which typically contains only two or three. Very little research has been completed in testing the effect of CW in exercise performance; however, carbohydrate-based sports drinks have been confirmed to replete glycogen reserves and thus act as an effective ergogenic aid. Objective: The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of CW on recovery and exercise performance in comparison to plain water and another common sports drink. Conclusions: Participants performed similarly during the CW, water, and CE beverage trials in terms of distance traveled during the 90-minute run and TAT time. Additional research is needed to continue to examine the effectiveness of CW as a sports performance aid.


Advisors: Judith M. Lukaszuk.||Committee members: Amanda J. Salacinski; Josephine Umoren; David A. Walker.


90 pages




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