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Dietary Supplementation During Musculoskeletal Injury: Protein and Creatine

Tack, Chris BSc (Hons)

Strength and Conditioning Journal: February 2016 - Volume 38 - Issue 1 - p 22–26
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000180
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ABSTRACT THIS ARTICLE IS A COMMENTARY TO OUTLINE THE POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF USING 2 SPECIFIC DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS DURING REHABILITATION FROM MUSCULOSKELETAL INJURY. JUSTIFICATION AND EXPLANATION ARE PROVIDED FOR THE USE OF PROTEIN AND CREATINE SUPPLEMENTS DURING AN EXERCISE PROGRAM TO INCREASE PROTEIN SYNTHESIS AND MUSCLE FUNCTION, AND TO IMPROVE ENERGY PRODUCTION TO PREVENT FATIGUE. EVIDENCE SUGGESTS POTENTIAL BENEFITS FOR THESE SUPPLEMENTS TO BE USED IN THIS POSTINJURY PERIOD, AT A TIME WHEN MANY INDIVIDUALS WILL ABSTAIN FROM SUPPLEMENTATION. SUGGESTIONS ARE MADE FOR PROFESSIONALS WORKING WITH INJURED OR RECOVERING INDIVIDUALS TO CONSIDER ADVISING THEM TO SUSTAIN THE SUPPLEMENTATION REGIMES.

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The author reports no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Chris Tackis a clinical specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist working at Guys & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom and the Lead Clinician and Director of All Powers Physiotherapy, Rehabilitation & Conditioning in London, United Kingdom.

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