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Creatine as an Ergogenic Aid for Female Athletes

Eckerson, Joan M. PhD, FNSCA

Strength & Conditioning Journal: April 2016 - Volume 38 - Issue 2 - p 14–23
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000208
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ABSTRACT CREATINE (CR) IS AN EFFECTIVE ERGOGENIC AID FOR FEMALE ATHLETES, BUT MAY BE OVERLOOKED BECAUSE OF A PERCEPTION THAT IT CAUSES WEIGHT GAIN. STUDIES USING WOMEN SHOW THAT BOTH SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM CR SUPPLEMENTATION ENHANCES MUSCULAR STRENGTH AND POWER AND OTHER MEASURES OF ANAEROBIC AND AEROBIC EXERCISE PERFORMANCE WITH MINIMAL EFFECTS ON BODY COMPOSITION. THEREFORE, FEMALE ATHLETES INVOLVED IN SPORTS THAT REQUIRE A LOW BODY WEIGHT, AESTHETICALLY JUDGED SPORTS, AND WEIGHT-CLASS SPORTS MAY FIND CR TO BE A USEFUL DIETARY SUPPLEMENT. THE CURRENT REVIEW SUMMARIZES RESEARCH FINDINGS THAT USED WOMEN AS SUBJECTS AND PROVIDES GUIDELINES FOR SUPPLEMENTATION.

Department of Exercise Science and Pre-Health Professions, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: Some of the information and research studies discussed in this review are also included in a previous publication by the author: Eckerson, JM. Creatine Supplementation and Women Athletes. In: Essentials of Creatine in Sports and Health. JR Stout, J Antonio, and D Kalman, eds. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press, pp. 101–126, 2008.

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Joan M. Eckersonis a professor in the Department of Exercise Science and Pre-Health Professions at Creighton University.

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