FEMALE SOCCER PLAYERS GET AN ANAEROBIC BOOST FROM CREATINE
Larson, D. E., Hunter, G. R., Trowbridge, C. A., Turk, J. C., Harbin, P. A., & Torman, S. L. (1998). Creatine supplementation and performance during off-season training in female soccer players. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 30(5), Supplement abstract 1504.
Creatine monohydrate was supplemented for 13 weeks in female collegiate soccer players during a period of training. Two groups of seven players were formed, one receiving a placebo, the other Cr supplementation (7.5 gm twice a day for the first week and then 5 gm per day).
After 3-5 weeks the creatine group had significantly improved performances in a shuttle run and bench press over those demonstrated by the placebo group. There was no further improvement over the remainder of the study.
Implication. Creatine supplementation provides a boost to female anaerobic work within a few weeks and then its effects remain stable.
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