June 7, 2012

Effects of caffeine on time trial performance in sedentary men

G Laurence et al, 2012, Effects of caffeine on time trial performance in sedentary men, Journal of Sports Sciences, published online ahead of print.

It is not known if ergogenic effects of caffeine ingestion in athletic groups occur in the sedentary. To investigate this, we used a counterbalanced, double-blind, crossover design to examine the effects of caffeine ingestion (6 mg _ kg71 body-mass) on exercise performance, substrate utilisation and perceived exertion during 30 minutes of self-paced stationary cycling in sedentary men. Participants performed two trials, one week apart, after ingestion of either caffeine or placebo one hour before exercise. Participants were instructed to cycle as quickly as they could during each trial. External work (J . kg -1) after caffeine ingestion was greater than after placebo (P=0.001, effect size [ES]=0.3). Further, heart rate, oxygen uptake and energy expenditure during exercise were greater after caffeine ingestion (P=0.031, ES=0.4; P=0.009, ES=0.3 and P=0.018, ES=0.3; respectively), whereas ratings of perceived exertion and respiratory exchange ratio values did not differ between trials (P=0.877, ES=0.1; P=0.760, ES=0.1; respectively). The ability to do more exercise after caffeine ingestion, without an accompanying increase in effort sensation, could motivate sedentary men to participate in exercise more often and so reduce adverse effects of inactivity on health.

Modtag nyhedsbrev

Ja tak, jeg vil gerne modtage nyhedsbrev, når der er noget nyt om kaffe og helbred.