SUMMARY: GROUPS OF AMINO ACIDS, AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL AMINO ACIDS, HAVE BEEN STUDIED FOR THEIR ROLES IN PROTEIN BALANCE, HORMONE SECRETION, IMMUNE FUNCTION, OR CAPACITY TO BE CONVERTED TO VARIOUS ANABOLIC OR ANTICATABOLIC METABOLITES. SPECIFIC AMINO ACIDS WITH EXTENSIVE ANALYSIS INCLUDE THE ESSENTIAL AMINO ACIDS, BRANCHED CHAIN AMINO ACIDS, ARGININE, TAURINE, GLUTAMINE, β-ALANINE, AND THE LEUCINE METABOLITE, β-HYDROXY-β-METHYLBUTYRATE. THE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO ANALYZE THE POSSIBLE ROLES AND PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS OF THESE AMINO ACIDS IN THE REGULATION OF BODY COMPOSITION AND PERFORMANCE IN ANAEROBIC AND AEROBIC SPORTS.
1Department of Health Sciences and Human Performance, The University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida
2IMG Performance Institute, IMG Academies, Bradenton, Florida
3Department of Health and Exercise Science, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
4Biolayne Inc., Tampa, Florida
5Department of Physical Education and Exercise Science, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
6Sport and Exercise Science, College of Education, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida
Jacob M. Wilson is an assistant professor and director of the human performance laboratory at the University of Tampa.
Stephanie M.C. Wilson is the head of nutrition for IMG Performance Institute at IMG Academies.
Jeremy P. Loenneke is a graduate student in Exercise Physiology at The University of Oklahoma in the Department of Health and Exercise Science.
Mandy Wray is currently working towards her PhD in Nutritional Sciences at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
Layne E. Norton is president of Biolayne Inc, a natural pro bodybuilder and powerlifter and consultant for the University of Tampa's human performance laboratory.
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.
Ryan P. Lowery is a technician and researcher in the human performance laboratory at the University of Tampa.
Jeffery R. Stout is an associate Professor and Program Coordinator for the Sport and Exercise Science Program at the University of Central Florida.