Chocolate milk as a recovery aid from fatiguing exercise
LE3 .A278 2010
Bachelor of Kinesiology
Involvement in high performance sport requires athletes to consistently train at increasing intensities and strain their bodies‟ ability to recover. Fatigue results from intense exercise and is detrimental to performance. Therefore, to improve sports performance, athletes and coaches are continually searching for strategies to reduce the effects of fatigue and enhance recovery. Athletes often use nutritional interventions to recover from fatiguing exercise, especially during multiple training bouts in one day ( e. g. training camp). A review of the available literature has indicated that carbohydrates and proteins are commonly used to recover from multiple training bouts in one day. The combination of both carbohydrates and proteins during recovery improves muscle glycogen resynthesis, protein synthesis, and performance on successive endurance exercise bouts. Recently, chocolate milk has been explored as an exercise recovery aid due to its favourable balance of carbohydrates and protein. It has been shown to improve endurance performance for successive exercise bouts. However, it has not been looked at in the context of high intensity exercise including stretch- shortening cycle and eccentric movements, which cause muscle damage and fatigue that are common in most team sports. This study examined the use of chocolate milk as a recovery aid from high- intensity exercise for same day and following day performance, to mimic a training camp scenario. We observed that chocolate milk can be used as an exercise recovery aid by athletes for high intensity combined with aerobic and plyometric exercise. Although performance differences were small, elite athletes must focus on strategies which will give them a slight edge on competitors. Future research should explore the repeated use of chocolate milk as an exercise recovery
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