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Regional sports medicine providers published in nutrition journal

ALEXANDRIA — Dr. Jefferson Brand, fellowship-trained sports medicine specialist, and certified athletic trainer and research coordinator Rich Hardy, of Heartland Orthopedic Specialists of Alexandria, have been published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. The duo's paper was titled "Relationship between Energy Drink Consumption and Nutrition Knowledge in Student-Athletes" and has become one of the most read articles in the journal.

The research found that student-athletes tend to refrain from energy drink use, but those who do use the drinks have a tendency to have lower nutrition knowledge.

"We additionally concluded that nutrition education targeted toward student-athletes should encompass the consumption of energy drinks because limited evidence shows the benefits of collegiate athletes consuming energy drinks," Brand said in a news release.

To be published in the journal, which is a scientific periodical aiming to promote health communities worldwide, Brand and Hardy's work was scrutinized by professional peers, to ensure its academic quality.

Heartland Orthopedic Specialists is based in Alexandria and has outreach clinics in Willmar, Glenwood, Morris, Appleton, Graceville, Wadena and Fergus Falls.