Sports drinks manufacturers will be happy to know there is hard science to back up claims that athletes who take on carbohydrates during sports events do better than those who do not. This was not so easy to figure out, because the measurement of enhanced performance during a sport event does not necessarily isolate the contributing factors that helped improve the performance.
The scientist doing the basic research is Ajmol Ali from Massey University. An expert in explaining science to regular people, Dr. John Watt, interviews him in this DVD. The research focuses on performance of soccer players during a game. In order to demonstrate the impact of soccer players consuming carbohydrates during a game, Ali measured the athlete’s core temperature and took blood samples every fifteen minutes. Carbohydrate load as evidenced in the blood tests, demonstrated direct performance enhancement.
Unlike steroids or other performance enhancing drugs, which are illegal, the use of simple carbohydrates during a game is legal and acceptable. Carbohydrates are sugars and the body is able to use them to create bursts of energy when needed. The digestive system rapidly assimilates carbohydrates. The energy received is suddenly available to increase endurance, cognitive performance, and give the athletes that extra edge to go the distance to become a champion.
Ali uses real science to prove his theories, relying on the Loughborough Intermittent Shuttle Test (LIST) test, which is a standard test to determine performance levels of athletes and ultrasonic feedback. What they discovered is a mouth rinse with a carbohydrate solution is effective in stimulating the parts of the brain that allow better performance.
How Is Science Impacting Our Physical Performance? Ever Wondered? (Series 1)
- Enhanced DVD
- ISBN: 978-1-61753-771-4
- Run Time: 22 Minutes
- Copyright Date: 2011