Caffeine May Improve Athletic Performance

Some coffee and Red Bull with that Gatorade? Instead of just using it to stay awake during boring morning meetings, a new study by Coventry University showed that high amounts of caffeine can improve athletic performance in rats.  Specifically, lower body skeletal muscle output improved by 6% in the rats.

An analysis of studies by Iowa State University in humans documented ergogenic properties of caffeine that improve athletic performance.  This includes improved endurance and performance.  The studies examined by ISU were mainly low doses of caffeine, approximately a cup or two of coffee.

There are side effects, however as caffeine is a diuretic and can dehydrate the user.  There are long term risks such a addiction. The International Olympic Committee and other anti-doping agencies have regulations the amount of caffeine allowed, so be careful not to overdo it if you are a professional athlete.

Iowa State University
Business Week
Health News
Flickr (pic)

No comments:

Post a Comment