ergogenic aids

The Placebo Effect in Carb Loading

The Placebo Effect in Carb Loading

Many people who participate in long distance running, cycling or swimming supplement with carbohydrate beverages. The idea is that over long-periods time, the glucose necessary for fatty acid mobilization becomes used up and the athlete ‘hits the wall’ or ‘bonks out’. With replenishment, they can continue properly mobilizing fatty acids to fuel the activity and(…)

Analgesics for non-specific low back pain

Analgesics for non-specific low back pain

Non-specific low back pain is one of the most common ailments sending people to physiotherapy or chiropractic care. Given the numerous different mechanical, physiological and neurological reasons for back pain, many times, imaging and tests are inconclusive as to the origin of the back pain. The unfortunate patient is then lumped into NSLBP and given(…)

The effects of CoQ10 supplementation of sedentary men in repeated bouts of supramaximal exercise

The effects of CoQ10 supplementation of sedentary men in repeated bouts of supramaximal exercise

Gokbel et al 2010 completed an 8 week randomized, double blind, crossover study. 15 healthy sedentary males were given placebo or 100mg of CoQ10 supplementation. The subjects performed 5 wingate tests several times over the 8 weeks. It was found that those taking the supplement had more power during their fifth and final trial of(…)

Caffeine and exercise II: RSA and endurance

Caffeine and exercise II: RSA and endurance

We have previously discussed that caffeine is an ergogenic aid which has been shown to improve endurance performance and reduce subjective perceptions of effort. A study published recently highlights the positive effect of caffeine ingestion on repeated sprint ability (RSA). 14 experienced male cyclists consumed either 6mg.kg of caffeine or placebo before participating in a(…)