Emily Beach

Creatine: a sport enhancing supplement not a dangerous chemical

What is creatine? Creatine, or methylguanidine-acetic acid, is an organic chemical compound which naturally exists in the body. It is found in most vertebrates and is a substance used to help the production of energy for movement. This exact ability to help manufacture energy is why it is the most widely studied sporting supplement on …

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The 10,000 hour rule: is this really the only way to sporting success?

“10,000 hours is the magic number of greatness”- Malcolm Gladwell, 2008 In recent years, the 10,000 hour rule has been emphasised as the way to achieve sporting greatness, and that devoting 10,000 hours (or there about) of practice will lead you to mastery. Malcolm Gladwell coined the term ‘the 10,000 hour rule’ based on the …

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Altitude training- how hypoxic conditions can aid sporting performance

Hypoxia occurs when there is a decreased amount of oxygen in body tissues and is measured by a PO2 level of below 300mmHg, with severe hypoxia occurring at values less than 200mmHg. Essentially, this refers to when your body has insufficient levels of oxygen and can be very dangerous unless managed with professional advice. However, the biological state of hypoxia has begun to draw attention within the sporting realm through its ability to aid sporting performance, especially endurance training. But, how exactly does altitude training aid endurance levels?

Coffee and sport performance- How caffeine may enhance your athletic ability

Caffeine is one of the most researched legal sport enhancing supplements in recent decades. However, its  underlying mechanism complexity and lack of consistent research findings has led to misleading information being spread regarding its effect as an ergogenic aid. So what is caffeine and how does it work in the body to heighten performance? What …

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Self-Efficacy and sport- why is it so important?

Within the realm of sport it has been demonstrated that high levels of self-efficacy can positively impact and enhance sporting performance, with direct links to sporting facets including decision making (Helper, 2016; Helper & Feltz, 2012), coping ability (Feltz, 1988; Heazlewood, 2011; Nicholls et al., 2010) and motor skill performance (Feltz & Lirgg, 1998; Fitzsimmons …

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The effects of dehydration on athletic performance

It is well known that what you eat can affect how you perform, but what are the effects of dehydration on athletic performance? In physiology, dehydration is a deficit of total body water (Mange et al., 1997). Dehydration can be divided into two categories: voluntary and involuntary dehydration. Voluntary dehydration is much less common in the realm of …

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