Article

Caffeine and sports performance.

Department of Sports Nutrition, Australian Institute of Sport, P.O. Box 176, Belconnen, ACT, Canberra 2616, Australia.
Applied Physiology Nutrition and Metabolism (Impact Factor: 2.23). 01/2009; 33(6):1319-34. DOI: 10.1139/H08-130
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT Athletes are among the groups of people who are interested in the effects of caffeine on endurance and exercise capacity. Although many studies have investigated the effect of caffeine ingestion on exercise, not all are suited to draw conclusions regarding caffeine and sports performance. Characteristics of studies that can better explore the issues of athletes include the use of well-trained subjects, conditions that reflect actual practices in sport, and exercise protocols that simulate real-life events. There is a scarcity of field-based studies and investigations involving elite performers. Researchers are encouraged to use statistical analyses that consider the magnitude of changes, and to establish whether these are meaningful to the outcome of sport. The available literature that follows such guidelines suggests that performance benefits can be seen with moderate amounts (~3 mg.kg-1 body mass) of caffeine. Furthermore, these benefits are likely to occur across a range of sports, including endurance events, stop-and-go events (e.g., team and racquet sports), and sports involving sustained high-intensity activity lasting from 1-60 min (e.g., swimming, rowing, and middle and distance running races). The direct effects on single events involving strength and power, such as lifts, throws, and sprints, are unclear. Further studies are needed to better elucidate the range of protocols (timing and amount of doses) that produce benefits and the range of sports to which these may apply. Individual responses, the politics of sport, and the effects of caffeine on other goals, such as sleep, hydration, and refuelling, also need to be considered.

Download full-text

Full-text

Available from: Louise Mary Burke, Jun 28, 2015
3 Followers
 · 
303 Views
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Both caffeine and beetroot juice have ergogenic effects on endurance cycling performance. We investigated whether there is an additive effect of these supplements on the performance of a cycling time trial (TT) simulating the 2012 London Olympic Games course. Twelve male and 12 female competitive cyclists each completed 4 experimental trials in a double-blind Latin square design. Trials were undertaken with a caffeinated gum (CAFF) (3 mg·kg(-1) body mass (BM), 40 min prior to the TT), concentrated beetroot juice supplementation (BJ) (8.4 mmol of nitrate (NO3(-)), 2 h prior to the TT), caffeine plus beetroot juice (CAFF+BJ), or a control (CONT). Subjects completed the TT (females: 29.35 km; males: 43.83 km) on a laboratory cycle ergometer under conditions of best practice nutrition: following a carbohydrate-rich pre-event meal, with the ingestion of a carbohydrate-electrolyte drink and regular oral carbohydrate contact during the TT. Compared with CONT, power output was significantly enhanced after CAFF+BJ and CAFF (3.0% and 3.9%, respectively, p < 0.01). There was no effect of BJ supplementation when used alone (-0.4%, p = 0.6 compared with CONT) or when combined with caffeine (-0.9%, p = 0.4 compared with CAFF). We conclude that caffeine (3 mg·kg(-1) BM) administered in the form of a caffeinated gum increased cycling TT performance lasting ∼50-60 min by ∼3%-4% in both males and females. Beetroot juice supplementation was not ergogenic under the conditions of this study.
    Applied Physiology Nutrition and Metabolism 09/2014; 39(9):1050-7. DOI:10.1139/apnm-2013-0336 · 2.23 Impact Factor
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to compare the neuromuscular function of the plantar flexors following caffeine or placebo administration. Thirteen subjects (25 ± 3 years) ingested caffeine or placebo in a randomized, controlled, counterbalanced, double-blind crossover design. Neuromuscular tests were performed before and 1 h after caffeine or placebo intake. During neuromuscular testing, rate of torque development, isometric maximum voluntary torque, and neural drive to the muscles were measured. Triceps surae muscle activation was assessed by normalized root mean square of the EMG signal during the initial phase of contraction (0–100 ms, 100–200 ms) and maximal voluntary contraction (MVC). Furthermore, evoked spinal reflex responses of the soleus muscle (H-reflex evoked at rest and during MVC, V-wave) and peak twitch torques were evaluated. The isometric maximum voluntary torque and evoked potentials were not different. However, we found a significant difference between groups for rate of torque development in the time intervals 0–100 ms [41.1 N·m/s (95% CI: 8.3–73.9 N·m/s, P = 0.016)] and 100–200 ms [32.8 N·m/s (95% CI: 2.8–62.8 N·m/s, P = 0.034)]. These changes were accompanied by enhanced neural drive to the plantar flexors. Data suggest that caffeine solely increased explosive voluntary strength of the triceps surae because of enhanced neural activation at the onset of contraction whereas MVC strength was not affected.
    Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports 06/2014; 25(1). DOI:10.1111/sms.12243 · 3.17 Impact Factor
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to investigate if acute caffeine exposure via mouth-rinse improved endurance cycling time-trial performance in well-trained cyclists. It was hypothesized that caffeine exposure at the mouth would enhance endurance cycling time-trial performance. Ten well-trained male cyclists (mean± SD: 32.9 ± 7.5 years, 74.7 ± 5.3kg, 176.8 ± 5.1cm, VO2peak = 59.8 ± 3.5ml·kg-1·min-1) completed two experimental time-trials following 24 hr of dietary and exercise standardization. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over design was employed whereby cyclists completed a time-trial in the fastest time possible, which was equivalent work to cycling at 75% of peak aerobic power output for 60 min. Cyclists were administered 25ml mouth-rinses for 10 s containing either placebo or 35mg of anhydrous caffeine eight times throughout the time-trial. Perceptual and physiological variables were recorded throughout. No significant improvement in time-trial performance was observed with caffeine (3918 ± 243s) compared with placebo mouth-rinse (3940 ± 227s). No elevation in plasma caffeine was detected due to the mouth-rinse conditions. Caffeine mouth-rinse had no significant effect on rating of perceived exertion, heart rate, rate of oxygen consumption or blood lactate concentration. Eight exposures of a 35 mg dose of caffeine at the buccal cavity for 10s does not significantly enhance endurance cycling time-trial performance, nor does it elevate plasma caffeine concentration.
    International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism 02/2014; 24(1):90-7. DOI:10.1123/ijsnem.2013-0103 · 1.98 Impact Factor