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Dietary Supplements Used in Combat Sports

Campbell, Bill I PhD, CSCS1; La Bounty, Paul M PhD, MPT, CSCS2; Wilborn, Colin D PhD, CSCS, ATC3

Strength & Conditioning Journal: December 2011 - Volume 33 - Issue 6 - pp 50-59
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31823a4e90
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COMBAT SPORT ATHLETES IMPROVE COMPETITION PERFORMANCE PRIMARILY BY IMPROVING THEIR SPORT-SPECIFIC SKILLS. IN ADDITION, BY IMPROVING STRENGTH, POWER, POWER ENDURANCE, AEROBIC ENDURANCE, AND SPEED, COMPETITION PERFORMANCE CAN BE ENHANCED. ENHANCING RECOVERY IS ALSO A PRIMARY OBJECTIVE OF COMBAT SPORT ATHLETES. SEVERAL DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS HAVE BEEN DOCUMENTED TO ENHANCE BOTH PERFORMANCE AND RECOVERY. THESE DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS INCLUDE, BUT MAY NOT BE LIMITED TO, CREATINE MONOHYDRATE, β-ALANINE, PROTEIN, BRANCHED-CHAIN AMINO ACIDS, AND CARBOHYDRATES.

1School of Physical Education and Exercise Science, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida; 2School of Education, Baylor University, Waco, Texas; and 3College of Education, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton, Texas

Bill I. Campbell is an assistant professor of Exercise Science and director of the Exercise and Performance Nutrition Laboratory at the University of South Florida.

Paul M. La Bounty is an assistant professor of Anatomy, Physiology, and Nutrition at Baylor University.

Colin D. Wilborn is an assistant professor of Exercise Science and director of the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor.

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