Oral Creatine Supplementation and Athletic Performance


Oral Creatine Supplementation and Athletic Performance



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Majid Koozehchian, Kinesiology


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2:15-2:25pm | Houston Cole Library, 11th Floor


Creatine is an organic compound produced in the body from the amino acids glycine, arginine, and methionine. It is one of the most popular nutritional supplements for athletes due to its consistent output of results. Studies show that creatine supplementation increases the body’s intramuscular creatine concentrations, leading to noticeable improvements in high-intensity exercises and strength. Research has also shown that in addition to athletic improvement, creatine supplementation may enhance post-exercise recovery, prevention of injuries, rehabilitation, as well as protection of nerves in the spinal cord. Additionally, several clinical applications of creatine supplementation have been studied involving neurodegenerative diseases (such as muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s disease), as well as diseases such as diabetes, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, aging, brain and heart ischemia, adolescent depression, and pregnancy. All of these studies provide such a large pool of evidence that creatine supplementation can not only improve exercise performance but can also play a role in preventing and/or reducing the severity of the injury, enhancing rehabilitation from injuries, and helping athletes tolerate heavy training loads. In the clinical application of this study, researchers found that using creatine supplements, whether short-term or long-term, is safe in infant to elderly populations.


student research, kinesiology, creatine supplementation


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Oral Creatine Supplementation and Athletic Performance