School of Sport & Exercise Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK


Milk is a nutrient dense foodstuff containing water, carbohydrate, protein, electrolytes and other components that may be beneficial to individuals participating in sport and exercise. In recent years a number of studies have been undertaken to investigate whether there are any benefits to consuming milk as a “sports drink”. The aim of these studies was to examine some possible applications of milk to the sports performer. In particular the effects of milk on exercise capacity and post-exercise recovery have been examined.

The first in this series of experiments investigated the effect of milk on exercise capacity, compared to the ingestion of a commercially-available sports drink and water (Lee et al, 2008). The effects of fluid intake during prolonged exercise have been extensively studied but at present there exists little information on the effects of milk-based drinks on the response to prolonged exercise. Thus, the purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of milk-based drinks on exercise capacity.


Susan Shirreffs
Dr Susan M. Shirreffs BSc PhD. School of Sport & Excescise Sciences. Loughborough University. Loughborough, Inglaterra.