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Supplements for Endurance Athletes

Kerksick, Chad PhD, ATC, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D1,2,3; Roberts, Mike MS, CSCS1

Strength & Conditioning Journal: February 2010 - Volume 32 - Issue 1 - p 55-64
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181c16db9
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ENDURANCE ATHLETES EXPEND REMARKABLE AMOUNTS OF ENERGY AND CHALLENGE THE RECOVERY PROCESSES OF THEIR BODIES. SCORES OF NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS ARE MARKETED FOR THEIR ABILITY TO IMPROVE ONE OR BOTH OF THESE PROCESSES. A LIMITED NUMBER OF THESE SUPPLEMENTS HAVE AN APPRECIABLE AMOUNT OF RESEARCH TO SUPPORT THEIR USE BY ENDURANCE ATHLETES. CARBOHYDRATE-ELECTROLYTE SOLUTIONS, CAFFEINE, AND ADDING PROTEIN TO CARBOHYDRATE SUPPLEMENTATION OR MEALS ARE 3 STRATEGIES THAT ARE SCIENTIFICALLY BACKED AND SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AS A TRAINING AID FOR THOSE ENDURANCE ATHLETES WHO COMPETE AND TRAIN ON A REGULAR BASIS.

1Department of Health and Exercise Science, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma; 2Section of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Department of Pediatrics, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and 3Department of Physiology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Chad Kerksick is an assistant professor of exercise physiology and director of the Applied Biochemistry and Molecular Physiology Laboratory in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma.

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Mike Roberts is a doctoral research and teaching assistant and a laboratory coordinator in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma.

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