Athletes Get an Extra Edge From Caffeine

Athletes who drink a lot of coffee can improve their performance by as much as six percent.

Results from a new study from researchers at Coventry University in central England were due to be reported this week at the annual meeting of the Society for Experimental Biology in Prague.

Lead researcher Dr. Rob James indicated “A small increase in performance via caffeine could mean the difference between a gold medal in the Olympics and an also-ran.”

The World Anti-Doping Agency is the keeper of what athletes can and can’t injest, and caffeine has been off the banned list since 2004.  Seems like caffeine may get a second look based on the British study.


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