Creatine as an Ergogenic Aid for Female Athletes

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-23
Number of pages10
JournalStrength and Conditioning Journal
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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