PSA – Panorama tonight, Do sports products work? 20.00 BBC1
errm, have you read the article that was linked to?
concluding: “In this case, the quality of the evidence is poor, the size of the effect is often miniscule and it certainly doesn’t apply to the population at large who are buying these products.
“Basically, when you look at the evidence in the general population, it does not say that exercise is improved [or that] performance is improved by carbohydrate drinks.”
“The evidence does not stack up and the quality of the evidence does not allow us to say these do improve in performance or recovery and should be used as a product widely.”
Puma declined to provide his research team with any studies to prove that their shoes can deliver on those claims.
It looks like ‘probably, no’ to me?Posted 5 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
Prof Lean said the market for supplements is “yet another fashion accessory for exercise… and a rather expensive way of getting a bit of milk.”
“In this case, the quality of the evidence is poor, the size of the effect is often miniscule and it certainly doesn’t apply to the population at large who are buying these products.
Or put another way
yet another fashion accessory for exercise for the population at large who are buying these products
We all know they sell there proper supplements under the counter and you need something to blame when you get reet quickPosted 5 years agohilldodgerMember
Just a nice bit of pre-Olympic waffle by the beeb – dumbed down science by second rate academics bitter because they never got a slice of the “sports products” pie.
If people feel that hi-tech shoes/equipment/snacks may improve their performance then most likely they will.
If people find motivation to exercise in buying new trainers, clothing or products with famous athletes endorsements then what’s wrong with that. ?
Is that sports products “working”….
…..maybe – just not in the way that many assume they willPosted 5 years agohilldodgerMember
IanMunro – Member
Indeed, just like power balance bands.
I guess the bottom line is –
If a deception makes people feel better, is that a bad thing?
It’s a good question – when does deception become applied psychology ?
Is a deceived person who then starts to improve their lifestyle and becomes healthier and more motivated worse/better of than an enlightened person slobbing out with a bucket of chips in front of the TV/PS3/internet……..
…I would put “power bands” further down the scale of rip-off then sports food however 😉Posted 5 years agodon simonMember
I was looking at the vending machine at work the other night, so called “energy drinks” £1.30 to £1.85, milk 60p, no wonder the farmers can’t make any money if stupid people are prepared to pay twice the price for flavoured fizzy water.
Perhaps they could market it as an energy drink?Posted 5 years ago
So the science is all about de-bunking mass-market products. Any programme that covers nutrition products to running shoes is covering too broad an area.
Media knocking copy again. We had the Telegraph looking for stuff on “all the gear no idea” cyclists at work recently. I pointed out that we didn’t operate in the field they were examining, I’m hardly likely to bite the hand that feeds me.
I think the Wiggins description is apt about such low-lifePosted 5 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
However using some electrolyte containing drinks to deliver energy and rehydrate is not a bad idea.
perhaps it’s more about society wanting something as they have paid money but still can’t run like Bolt etc.
Or it’s lazy journalism taking a swing at a big corp knowing they are saying just enough for headlines but not enough to get suedPosted 5 years agoBoardinBobSubscriber
IIRC Channel 4 did an experiment a few years back where they took a big bunch of atheletes, split them into groups and gave each group their own different supplements – creatine, protein, steroids, caffeine, placebos etc. Big bunch of tests at the start to establish the starting point then tests repeated again after a few weeks on the supplements. I believe the caffeine group showed the biggest improvements, followed by the placebo mob.Posted 5 years agocoffeekingMember
From personal experience, which means little, sports drinks don’t appear to do anything. In fact I rarely find I can drink while exercising unless it’s really hot. I have, however, found that with repeated heavy exercise day on day, a protein drink shortens recovery time a bit so I feel the next day I can do it again rather than having to wait a day. But even then that was only a fairly minimal effect and only when I was pushing myself hard for 2.5 hours a day, every day.Posted 5 years agoemszMember
I run nearly everyday, anything from 20 mins if I’m doing intervals to 2 hrs or more on long lazy runs at the weekend, I’ll have a bit of flapjack on long runs occasionally, and just started running with a hand held bottle but that’s just water.
Did use flat trainers for a bit, but I couldnt get used to them, and I’m back on regular trainers.Posted 5 years ago
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