Biotechnology study finds caffeine to be major performance enhancer for athletes

Since the 2000 Summer Olympics, the World Anti-Doping Agency has been regulating the use of performance enhancers among athletes who had attempted to get away with anything and everything to gain an extra edge. But researchers have proved that one of the few performance enhancers not outlawed by the World Anti-Doping Agency is actually available cheaply and legally, and athletes need look no further than their local grocery store, vending machine or pot of coffee to find it.

Caffeine, along with its endurance-increasing abilities, has been proven to enhance performance in a variety of athletic activities, including endurance sports, stop-and-go sports and sports involving sustained high-intensity activity of one hour or less, according to a report by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

While that jolt you feel after a cup of coffee has long been attributed to caffeine’s ability to promote wakefulness, McMaster University Professor of Neurology Mark Tarnopolsky explained in another NCBI report that the drug has significant effects for other reasons as well.

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