Fluid Delivery Method Influences Drinking Efficiency among Physically Active Children

in International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training
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  • 2 Indiana University
  • 3 Indiana State University
  • 4 Central Michigan University
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During physical activities, youth consume fluids from various delivery methods that may influence hydration behaviors. The purpose of this study was to determine the drinking efficiency of these different methods. Children’s fluid intake was more efficient when drinking from a cup compared with a bottle with no mouth contact and a water fountain, but not compared with a bottle with direct mouth contact. Drinking from the water fountain was the least effective compared with all other methods. Children drink more efficiently when using cups and water bottles with direct mouth contact as the delivery method compared with methods with no mouth contact.