Sunday, October 2, 2011

A Boost of Energy

Energy drinks have recently become very popular among today’s society. Although they have become popular, two National League ballparks have attempted to cut off players from having this energy drink or “boost”. The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Houston Astros have decided to not provide energy drinks at their clubhouse for the health of their players. They fear that it’s very bad for the players and could result in something dangerous. As stated in the article, the pitcher for the Houston Astros, Wesley Wright ended up in the emergency room in 2009 because of dehydration and having a few energy drinks before the game. Because of incidents like these, these two ballparks are trying to have their players make trade-offs by choosing other alternatives and not providing it at their clubhouses. Although they can’t stop the players from drinking the energy drink, they’re hoping players will decide to think at the margin when making the decision to keep drinking energy drinks. The marginal costs could lead to something bad for the health of the individual player, while the marginal benefit could be something good such as actually giving them the boost of energy that they need to play with.

10 comments:

Matt said...

I like to drink Monsters on occasion but I make sure never to drink them before I do anything strenuous. I only drink them for the taste when I'm relaxing. I've heard similar stories about people passing out or ending up in the emergency room due to energy drinks. There was a high school football player a while ago that passed out on the sideline of a game because he had too many energy drinks before the game, and he hadn't even played a snap before he passed on at the game. Energy drinks can be a real problem for some people. Their bodies just aren't used to what is in the drink and they don't know how their body will react when they consume the liquid. For some it can be good with marginal benefit as you said, and for others it can be very bad.

Alex S. said...

I agree that energy drinks are unhealthy for long term health and even in the case of this football player, short term. Energy drinks are like a drug or an addiction for most people because people actually need that energy half the time, the other half they just want to take in the great tasting drink. It's just like drugs, alcohol, TV, cokes, and junk food in that they are all addictions, even though they differ in content they lure people into having just one more until something bad happens like this football player.

Katie R said...

I am in total agreement for the fact that energy drinks are very unhealthy for professional sports players. All energy drinks are full of sugar, which is not good for anyone. Even though some people think sugar in energy drinks gives the players more energy to actually compete in their sport, it does not actually do them all that good because of the high sugar amounts. Energy drinks can indeed be considered a "drug" because of the high number of people drinking them. It is a good idea for professional sports trams to not supply energy drinks as a beverage because over a long period of time, the players will demand more, which will worsen their health.

Madison V said...

Although energy drinks may affect the major league players, teams should also look into other unhealthy activity going on in the dugouts and locker rooms, such as tobacco chewing and drinking. Teams have to decide whether the cost of taking away these items and making the players unhappy is worth the possible benefit of having healthier players. Also to avoid dehydration, coaches could make it mandatory for their players to drink a certain amount of water on game days.

Lauren said...

Although I agree that energy drinks arn't good for you because of how unhealthy they are I still think that players could drink one before a game. As long as the players drink lots of water before the game and keep hydrated during it, nothing too seriuos should happen and it will get the players energized and potentially help them play better.

Selina R said...

I agree with the limiting of energy drink consumption. I, myself, don’t drink these boosts of energy drinks. Energy drinks consist of high caffeine and sugar levels. Having too many of these energy drinks could set your blood pressure or anything else through the roof. These terrible effects could send you to the hospital, such as the player from the Houston Astros. I don’t think it is safe for players to have several energy drinks before a game. Players should think at the margin, like Emily said, before making the decision to drink an energy drink. They should first think of the pros and cons. Then they should see which one ways out the other. From there, they should make their decision, hopefully the right one. If the player decides not to drink the energy drink, they could substitute the drink with a water or even Gatorade. Although I don’t drink energy drinks, I don’t think having an energy drink every now and then would be the end of the world. I however, do believe they are dangerous and they should not be a normal substance to drink.

Anonymous said...

I understand the argument that energy drinks can have harmful effects, but I think banning them from stadiums is unnecessary. Energy drinks are only detrimental when they are over consumed or part of an overall unhealthy life style. The majority of people do not misuse energy drinks and it is a personal decision to be responsible. Banning energy drinks at the stadium would only restrict the consumption of them there and not affect the mass majority of energy drink consumers. People who irresponsibly drink energy beverages will continue to consume them, it is just a matter of where.
-Katherine T

Dainelle W said...

I agree that energy drinks can be a major health concern. But, if they are consumed in moderation [such as no more than 1 before a game/event], they are not that bad. I think banning the drinks from stadiums is a dramatic change and frankly, unnecessary. Banning them won't stop people from drinking them if they want to. Energy drinks can have different effects on different people based on a lot of different factors such as blood pressure, blood sugar levels, etc. They affect different people in different ways. I think that people should know what is best for their body and if they believe that drinking an energy drink before an activity is a safe and good idea, then they should be able to. The players should think at the margin when choosing to buy one of these energy drinks and consider drinking them a while before any strenuous activity if they choose to do so.

-DanielleW

Emily said...

I thank you all for your comments and I agree with the different arguments you each provide. In my opinion, banning them from the stadium would help because they are bad for the health of the athletes. The athletes are paid a generous amount of money each year to preform their best on the field, and the energy drinks are holding some people back. Although I do not think everyone has this same problem with drinking too many energy drinks, they all do need to think at the margin when drinking their drinks.

Aditya said...

The players need to consider their priorities. Drinking energy drinks should be not only their opportunity cost but lower in choice. Playing their sport is their profession, their choice of career, and they should put their best effort into that. Drinking energy drinks doesnt help in their playing whatsoever, and if it hurts their playing, they should know better than to drink them.