Caffeine Spikes Performance

Caffeine Spikes Performance In yesterday's Performance Blog, researchers suggested a caffeine dosage and timing strategy very different from what many active adults are used to. For another perspective, consider the findings of a study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise which used a relatively moderate dose of caffeine on female college volleyball players.

Before specific physical tests that included a simulated game, 13 elite players consumed a drink containing 3 mg of caffeine per kg of body weight or a placebo. Those who got caffeine had 28% fewer inaccurate shots, spiked the ball with greater velocity, jumped higher and performed better on countermovment jumps. They also completed an agility T-test faster than the placebo group.

True Strength Moment: In this study, a 125 pound athlete would have received about 170 mg of caffeine. That's less than 2 strong cups of coffee. If the drinks used in this research contained very little or no sugar, the performance improvements would be even more impressive.
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