Can Caffeine Boost Performance in Cricket?
Caffeine has been one of the most studied ingredients in sports nutrition with numerous studies proving it to be an effective ergogenic aid, it helps athletes perform at their peak across a variety of sports, with its use particularly widespread in endurance events.
It’s use in cricket is also growing, particularly at the elite level, because research shows it can enhance prolonged intermittent high-intensity efforts, enhance maximal aerobic capacity, improve acute or chronic concentration levels, and decrease perception of effort.
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Benefits of caffeine for short distance events
Caffeine is a well-known ergogenic aid and is used widely in the world of sports nutrition due to it’s safety and efficacy in enhancing exercise performance, including short-distance events.
There are various ways in which caffeine may improve exercise performance in short-distance events. The main effect is likely to be achieved via impact on the Central Nervous System (CNS). This impact may reduce the perception of effort, making exercise seem ‘easier’. Other potential benefits of caffeine include increased alertness/concentration, improved endurance, and reduced fatigue.
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