The Effects of Caffeine on Athletic Performance
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Effects of Caffeine on Sports Performance

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Danielle Diefenbach's insight:

1. This article states that approximately 90% of all competitive athletes consume caffeine, 60% of which do it for the purpose of enhancing their performance.

2. It can increase speed and improve reaction time or alertness.

3. Sports lasting longer than an hour and that require endurance (soccer, for example) will benefit more from the players consuming caffeine than strength or power activities.

4. Caffeine increases the use of fat stored within the muscle for energy production.

5. It greatly increases endorphin release, lasting up to two hours after exercise. This correlates with an athlete's decreased pain perception and allows them to continue exercising, surpassing the limit or threshold for discomfort.

6. Caffeine supplementation of 3 to 6 milligrams per kilogram of body weight one hour before exercise is the most effective. Consuming more DOES NOT improve performance.

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Steven Bilke's comment, May 23, 2013 12:27 PM
Thanks, I found this very helpful.
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Olympic Gold? A New Effect of Caffeine Boosts Performance

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Danielle Diefenbach's insight:

1. Scientists show for the first time that high doses of caffeine directly increase muscle power and endurance during sub-maximal activities.

2. Caffeine is not currently listed by the World Anti-Doping Agency as a banned substance at any concentration in blood or urine samples.

3. Before 2004, the World Anti-Doping Agency did set a specific level over which athletes could be banned, but this restriction was removed.

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Steven Bilke's comment, May 23, 2013 12:27 PM
Fantastic!
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Ergogenic Aids - The Effects of Caffeine on Performance in Sports

A discussion of the critical issues related to the effects of caffeine on athlete's performance.

Danielle Diefenbach's insight:

1. Caffeine is a powerful ergogenic aid that is beneficial in training and athletic performance.

2. It has been shown to increase speed and power output, improve the length an athlete can train, and assist the them in resisting fatigue.

3. Caffeine has also been proven to stimulate the brain which contributes to an athlete's clearer thinking and ability to concentrate harder on the task at hand.

4. Many athletes have used caffeine prior to competitions for years, but it wasn't until recently that it has been discovered to aid an athlete's performance.

5. There is NO evidence that supports caffeine leading to dehydration.

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Steven Bilke's comment, May 23, 2013 12:28 PM
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Danielle Diefenbach's comment, May 27, 2013 1:59 PM
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The Facts About Caffeine and Athletic Performance

The Facts About Caffeine and Athletic Performance | The Effects of Caffeine on Athletic Performance | Scoop.it

Many athletes enjoy a caffeine-lift either as a morning eye-opener, during daily coffee breaks, before training and during competitions.

Danielle Diefenbach's insight:

1. It was once thought that caffeinated beverages had a diuretic effect, which means they are dehydrating and don't count as a fluid replacer.

However, a moderate intake of caffeine DOES count towards fluid needs - particularly if you're accustomed to consuming it on a daily basis.

2. Caffeine is one of the best-tested ergogenic aids and is known to help athletes train harder and longer.

3. It stimulates the brain and contributes to clearer thinking and greater concentration.

4. More benefits are also noticed in athletes who rarely drink caffeinated beverages and are not tolerant to its stimulant effect.

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Steven Bilke's comment, May 23, 2013 12:28 PM
The facts are revealed.
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Psychological & Physiological Effects of Caffeine

Psychological & Physiological Effects of Caffeine | The Effects of Caffeine on Athletic Performance | Scoop.it

Caffeine is the most pervasive drug in modern society. It can be found in coffee, tea, soda and chocolate as well as in over-the-counter medications for allergies and pain relief.

Danielle Diefenbach's insight:

1. Caffeine can increase body temperature, heart rate and blood pressure. These are similar to the effects physical exercise and stress.

2. It is suggested that caffeine can be lethal in high doses, but the quantity required to stop the heart is equivalent to about 80 cups of coffee consumed in a short period of time, LOL.

3. Positive testing for caffeine will invalidate a participant in the Olympic Games and other international events.

4. For years, athletes have claimed that caffeine increases long-term stamina in sports such as running or cycling, but IS NOT effective for sports that require short bursts of energy.

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Steven Bilke's comment, May 23, 2013 12:27 PM
Wow, this is very interesting!
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Effects | Over Caffeinated

Danielle Diefenbach's insight:

1. Many studies have documented that caffeine ingestion prior to exercise can improve your endurance.

2. Elite distance runners and swimmers showed increased performance times following the consumption of caffeine.

3. Research findings suggest that caffeine has an ergogenic effect on muscle during repetitive, low frequency stimulation.

4. Caffeine is a diuretic and causes a loss of fluid, which leads to dehydration.*

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Steven Bilke's comment, May 23, 2013 12:27 PM
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Caffeine: A Legal Performance Booster

Caffeine: A Legal Performance Booster | The Effects of Caffeine on Athletic Performance | Scoop.it
Danielle Diefenbach's insight:

1. Caffeine is one of the few legal, performance enhancers that is not banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, and studies have proven that it DOES work in athletes' favor.

2. Louise M. Burke reports that athletes get the full effect of caffeine with as little as 1 milligram per kilogram of body weight (A 175-pound man could drink 4 ounces of coffee, or about two cans of Coke).

3. Terry Graham found that at 9 milligrams per kilogram of body weight, athletes actually did worse.

4. As opposed to one of my other sources, this article states that “athletes do not get dehydrated from caffeine.”

5. Caffeine only increases the heart rate and blood pressure of people who are not regular users.

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Steven Bilke's comment, May 23, 2013 12:28 PM
I never thought about it like that before, wow!
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Caffeine and the Athlete

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Danielle Diefenbach's comment, May 27, 2013 2:04 PM
This article is actually from 1995, so I wouldn't necessarily recommend it. Check out my first scoop! That has the most updated information.