A recent study has found a link between energy drink consumption and traumatic brain injury (TBI) in teenage athletes, suggesting the highly-caffeinated beverages may impede recovery as well.
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Energy Drinks, Alcohol, Sports and TBI among Adolescents: Study
September 17, 2015 – In the study, which was published yesterday in PLOS ONE, researchers found that teenagers who reported having a traumatic brain injury in the past year were 7x more likely to report consuming at least 5 energy drinks in the previous week than teens who did not have a TBI.
A research team led by Gabriela Ilie of the division of Neurosurgery and Injury Prevention Research Office at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto looked at 2013 survey data from 10,272 students from 7th to 12th grade. Teens who had suffered a TBI in the previous 12 months were at least twice as likely to report consuming energy drinks mixed with alcohol, according to the study.
Additionally, teenagers who sustained a brain injury while playing team sports were twice as likely to have consumed energy drinks in the last year compared to those who got a TBI from other injuries like a car accident or fight.
“We think the common denominator between traumatic brain injuries and energy drinks is sports,” Ilie said. “Marketing campaigns for energy drinks usually are carefully crafted to include sponsorship of events that are very appealing to this age group, like snowboarding.”
Ilie believes teens’ use of energy drinks and alcohol together merits particular concern. Previous studies have found that caffeine can mask the effects of alcohol, making a person feel less inebriated than they actually are.
“Mix [the energy drinks] with alcohol and suddenly the effects of energy drinks alone pale in comparison to the physical and emotional risks posed by this mixture to a developing brain,” according to Ilie. “Let us keep in mind that our brain doesn’t stop developing until mid-20s or even early 30s.”
However, despite the apparent correlation, the study was unable to draw a causal link between energy drinks and TBI from their data. The researchers concluded by stating that the beverages’ effects on the brain are still poorly understood, and that additional studies need to be performed to examine the connection.
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