NEW YORK CITY (March 20, 2012) – Collegiate female basketball players maintained better skill performance and visual reaction time using water mixed with Sustamine™ – an ingredient by Kyowa Hakko USA that works on multiple levels to help rehydrate the body and sustain energy levels during exertion – compared to plain water, according to a University of Central Florida clinical study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.
The study included 10 players with collegiate experience, including current and former Division I athletes, and was conducted in four trials at the Orlando university. Each trial consisted of a 40-minute basketball game with controlled time outs for rehydration. During the first game, players could not rehydrate, followed by the three contests where players could consume only water or water with Sustamine L-Alanyl-L-Glutamine at two different doses. They were measured for weight loss, concentration and visual reaction time.
Players lost approximately 2.3% of body mass during the trial where no fluids were given. Their jumping power remained strong, but shooting accuracy and visual reaction time showed tendency to be impaired, according to the study.
A 12.5% difference in shooting performance was noted between the trial where no hydration was allowed and the one where players drank 1 gram of Sustamine in 500 milliliters of water and an 11% increase was seen between the Sustamine trial and the one where only water was consumed.1
“We saw significant differences in overall performance when players consumed Sustamine in water versus water only or no hydration at all,” said Dr. Jay R. Hoffman, UCF Department of Sport and Exercise Science professor and primary researcher for the study. “Because Sustamine enhances fluid and electrolyte uptake directly from the gut, it helps preserve the neural function that commands physical activities involving fine motor control – such as shooting a basketball.”
The study’s findings were published in the March 2012 edition of the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, which focuses on the acute and chronic effects of sports nutrition and supplementation strategies on body composition, physical performance and metabolism. A copy of the Sustamine study can be found at http://www.jissn.com/content/pdf/1550-2783-9-4.pdf.
1 The subjects consumed 3.1g of Sustamine on the average
About Jay R. Hoffman, Ph.D., CSCS*D, FNSCA, FACSM
Dr. Jay Hoffman holds the rank of full professor in the Sport and Exercise Science program at the University of Central Florida. He is also the Department Chair of Child, Family and Community Sciences. Dr. Hoffman is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He was elected as President of the National Strength and Conditioning Association in July 2009. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Federation. Dr. Hoffman’s primary area of study is in sports supplementation and training paradigms. He has published more than 150 articles and chapters in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Hoffman holds a unique perspective in his sport science background. Prior to his academic career he signed free agent contracts with the NY Jets and Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL and the Tampa Bay Bandits of the USFL. A dual national of the USA and Israel, Dr. Hoffman commanded the Physiological Unit of the Israel Air Force and served as a Research Office in the Combat Fitness Unit of the IDF during his military service. He has been honored with the 2007 Outstanding Sport Scientist of the Year from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), 2005 Outstanding Kinesiology Professional Award from the Neag School of Education Alumni Society of the University of Connecticut, 2003 Educator of the Year NSCA, and 2003 Neag School of Education Outstanding Alumni Research Award (University of Connecticut).
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