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Alcohol, Athletic Performance and Recovery
Molecular Nutrition Unit, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University, Burwood, Victoria, 3125, Australia
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Received: 7 June 2010; in revised form: 13 July 2010 / Accepted: 14 July 2010 / Published: 27 July 2010
Abstract: Alcohol consumption within elite sport has been continually reported both anecdotally within the media and quantitatively in the literature. The detrimental effects of alcohol on human physiology have been well documented, adversely influencing neural function, metabolism, cardiovascular physiology, thermoregulation and skeletal muscle myopathy. Remarkably, the downstream effects of alcohol consumption on exercise performance and recovery, has received less attention and as such is not well understood. The focus of this review is to identify the acute effects of alcohol on exercise performance and give a brief insight into explanatory factors.
Keywords: ethanol; skeletal muscle; glycogen; protein synthesis
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Vella, L.D.; Cameron-Smith, D. Alcohol, Athletic Performance and Recovery. Nutrients 2010, 2, 781-789.
Vella LD, Cameron-Smith D. Alcohol, Athletic Performance and Recovery. Nutrients. 2010; 2(8):781-789.
Vella, Luke D.; Cameron-Smith, David. 2010. "Alcohol, Athletic Performance and Recovery." Nutrients 2, no. 8: 781-789.