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July 13, 2008 8:42 PM

Huskies stick with chocolate milk

Posted by Bob Condotta

The Huskies gained some national attention last August when it was learned that trainers had decided to add chocolate milk as a regular part of the team's post-practice nutritional regimen. As the story linked notes, the Huskies required players to drink a small carton of fat-free chocolate milk following every practice.

UW sports performance coach Trent Greener said that he was satisfied enough with the results that the team will continue to drink chocolate milk this year, and in fact will extend its use past training camp and into the regular season.

"It looks like it can keep you hydrated a little bit better,'' Greener said last week.

Greener said it was hard to point to any one specific thing as a benefit of the use of chocolate milk last season just that he had a general idea that it seemed to work, a belief buoyed by previous studies.

Greener says chocolate milk is thought to be particularly effective in adding protein when players walk off the field right after completing a practice or work-out. He said chocolate milk appears to be more effective in some of its capabilities to replenish certain nutrients than sports drinks.

"We're going to make it a little bit bigger part of our program,'' Greener said.

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