Date Approved


Date Posted


Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department or School

Health Sciences

Committee Member

Anahita Mistry, Ph.D, Chair

Committee Member

Emily Edison, M.S., R.D.


Sports drinks provide nutrients that improve athletic performance. This study investigated whether a preference in taste leads to an increased consumption of a sports drink prior to and after an endurance event in athletes. Male amateur soccer players (n=16) first participated in a blind sensory evaluation to determine their taste preference for two (designated as Drink A and Drink B) similarly flavored sports drinks. Subjects were divided into two groups based on their taste preference for either drink. They then participated in 9 soccer matches and were presented with either Drink A, Drink B, or water (3 trials each) before and after matches. Volumes of drinks voluntarily consumed were measured and averaged. Both groups consumed similar amounts of either Drink A or Drink B, before and after matches. Taste preference for a drink did not influence the amount of a sports drink that athletes consumed pre- or post- exercise.