Take a Shot

October 3, 2017

At the University of Missouri, athletes have been fueling up with “Hydration Jell-O” shots before and after practice. Although the Hydration Jell-Os resemble the popular alcoholic shots, that’s where the similarities end.

Instead of liquor, these shots are made with water, gelatin, and electrolyte powder. Recent studies have encouraged the consumption of gelatin prior to working out. The belief is that as the blood flow increases with exercise, the collagen in the gelatin can get worked into soft-tissue areas. 

“When you try it, you’re like, ‘This isn’t the Jell-O I had as a kid,'” Claire McDaniel, MS, RDN, CSSD, CLT, who recently resigned as Director of Sports Nutrition at Missouri, told The Columbia Missourian. “It’s really thick because the whole point is getting gelatin, which is collagen, into the system.”

The overall goal with the Jell-O shots is to help prevent musculoskeletal injuries. The extracellular matrix can be reinforced with collagen, which in turn strengthens tendons and joints.

“[The extracellular matrix is like] the steel bars in reinforced concrete that increase the strength and ductility of the material,” McDaniel said.

McDaniel introduced her recipe for Hydration Jell-O this summer. The shots are available in the main athletic facility before practice and in the recovery areas after practice. Both the football and basketball teams have readily adopted them.

“I started doing it, put a good practice together. Did it again, and put another good practice together,” said Drew Lock, quarterback for the Tigers. “It became one of those things where I’m like, ‘Alright, I gotta have a Jell-O shot before I go out to practice.’ Because if not, it’s going to be a bad day.”

SEARCH for Products
SEARCH for Vendors

Free Guide to Understanding Training Loads

One of the biggest advances brought about by the rise of sport science technology has been the ability to better measure and track an athlete’s training load. But what is training load? And how can knowing more about it help coaches improve athlete performance? To help teach people more abut this important subject, Firstbeat Sports … CLICK TO READ MORE...

Portable Scoring

When a coach has to travel to another field or gymnasium for a home game, they often have someone keep score with a pen and paper. Coaches no longer have to worry about this, or about their fans and athletes not knowing the score at any given time, with the Portable Indoor/Outdoor L.E.D Tabletop Scoreboard … CLICK TO READ MORE...

Versatility for Every Athlete

Strength and sport coaches no longer have to worry about creating more versatile, exciting programs with the PowerBlock Dumbbell. With these dumbbells, athletes can engage in a variety of exercises without leaving their station or having to haul around equipment. And coaches can also decrease the chances of athletes becoming distracted due to waiting for … CLICK TO READ MORE...

More Pride in Your Padding

Athletic directors can now increase school spirit and update old, torn, faded, or boring gym wall padding with Sport Pride Graphic Wall Padding from Bison, Inc. Winner of the Silver Medal in Athletic Management magazine’s “Excellence in Innovation” Awards program for the Indoor Facility Components category, this Wall Padding will add the WOW! Factor to … CLICK TO READ MORE...

Why Water?

Strength coaches and athletic trainers are always looking for the newest and best ways to help their athletes not only become stronger, but also rehabilitate from injury faster. Hudson Aquatic Systems can help achieve this goal with their line of hydrotherapy products. When engaging in hydroptherapy on either an underwater treadmill or in a pool, … CLICK TO READ MORE...


Stay at the Top of Your Game!
Receive articles like this by signing up for our newsletters