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Caffeine Reduces Muscle Pain During Exercise
A Univesity of Georgia
research project demonstrated that caffeine can substantially reduce muscle
pain in athletes.
A study conducted by Professor Patrick O'Connor at the Univerity
of Georgia in the United States demonstrated that
ingesting caffeine approximately 1 hour before
strenuous exercise can substantially
reduce the amount of muscle pain felt
An earlier study by Professor O'Connor found that taking aspirin prior
to exercise had no effect on reducing muscle pain, but
in this study caffeine did have a pain reducing effect, most likely
because it blocks a biochemical known as adenosine
that is produced during strenuous exercise.
Volunteers in the study cycled for 30 minutes on two
separate days, using a level of exertion designed to
make their thighs burn. Cyclists took a caffeine pill or
a placebo about one hour before exercising.
The caffeine pill users
reported substantially less pain then the placebo users.
Article Published by the University of Georgia
University of Georgia Exercise Science Department
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