Can a Cup of Coffee Boost Athletic Endurance?

Can a cup of coffee boost athletic endurance?
Can a cup of coffee boost athletic endurance?

Caffeine from a cup of coffee can increase athletic endurance by an average of 24%, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism.

Simon Higgins, a 3rd year doctoral student in kinesiology at the College of Education, authored the study. Analyzing over 600 research papers, he uncovered 9 randomized control trials that specifically used coffee to improve endurance. The trials involved subjects either running or cycling vigorously after drinking a cup of coffee, they had endurance indicators measured afterwards.

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After taking between 3–7mg/kg of caffeine, each of the study's subjects demonstrated an average of 24% increased endurance. The average cup of coffee contains between 75–150mg based on its roast and brewing method. These results suggest that consuming caffeine from a cup of coffee has similar effects as taking caffeine pills. Caffeine pills had been viewed to be more beneficial as endurance aids than coffee.

β€œNew research could mean that athletes could have a cup of coffee versus taking a pill,” said Higgins. However, he stressed that more research is needed especially concerning the measurements, considering that it is listed as a banned substance by the NCAA.

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