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Phosphatidylserine for the Athlete

Carter, Jeremy MS, CSCS; Greenwood, Mike PhD, CSCS*D, RSCC*D, FNSCA

Strength and Conditioning Journal: February 2015 - Volume 37 - Issue 1 - p 61–68
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000112
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ABSTRACT POSITIVE ADAPTATIONS FROM TRAINING ONLY OCCUR WHEN RESTORATION EXCEEDS THE CATABOLIC DOSAGE RECEIVED DURING TRAINING. NUMEROUS FACTORS AFFECT RECOVERY, SUCH AS ADDITIONAL LIFE STRESS. THE CUMULATIVE STRESS CAN NEGATIVELY AFFECT RESTORATION, AS WELL AS PERFORMANCE. ONE UNIQUE SUPPLEMENT, PHOSPHATIDYLSERINE (PS), HAS UNIQUE PROPERTIES ON RECOVERY AND HUMAN PERFORMANCE, AND HAS ALSO BEEN SHOWN TO ENHANCE MOOD, IMMUNITY, DECISION MAKING, AND ACCURACY. ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE IS AFFECTED BY SEVERAL FACTORS, IN WHICH PS MIGHT BE ABLE TO FACILITATE ENHANCED PERFORMANCE. THE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO REVIEW THE LITERATURE ON PS AND SUGGEST HOW IT CAN BE IMPLEMENTED FOR THE ATHLETE.

Department of Health and Kinesiology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Jeremy Carteris a doctoral student in exercise physiology at Texas A&M University.

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Mike Greenwoodis a Clinical Professor and Research Associate in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University.

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