20th july 2010
Health and Physical Education
Students will investigate the effect caffeine has on the human body and it being used to enhance sports performance.
Begin by asking students to look at the words below. With a partner, recall how they were used in the BtN story.
Using a thesaurus or the internet, students find the synonyms for three of the words above.
Students can choose one or more of the following activities:
Write a persuasive argument for or against the following statement:
Sports people should be allowed to have caffeine before competing.
What does caffeine do to the human body? What happens to your brain, heart rate and nervous system when you consume caffeine? What are the side effects of having small and large amounts of caffeine?
Create a public awareness campaign educating young people about the health problems associated with large amounts of caffeine consumption.
Analyse your own caffeine consumption. Over a 7 day period, record any food or drinks you consume, that contain caffeine. Compare your results with other students. What was surprising?
8 Related Research Links
ABC Sport – Doping body to consider caffeine ban|
ABC News – Eagles counselled over caffeine use
SBS World News Australia – Caffeine use `against the spirit of the sport’?
Child and Youth Health – Information about caffeine
Australian Institute of Sport – Caffeine