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Effect of caffeine supplementation on haematological and biochemical variables in elite soccer players under physical stress conditions
  1. Adriana Bassini-Cameron1,
  2. Eric Sweet2,
  3. Altamiro Bottino3,
  4. Christina Bittar4,
  5. Carlos Veiga5,
  6. Luiz-Claudio Cameron1
  1. 1Laboratory of Protein Biochemistry, Federal University of State of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro; Graduate Program in Human Movement Science, University Castelo Branco, Rio de Janeiro; Institute of Genetics and Biochemistry, Federal University of Uberlândia, Uberlândia, Brazil
  2. 2Department of Anatomy, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  3. 3Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  4. 4Bittar Laboratory Ltda, Niterói, Brazil
  5. 5National Institute of Traumatic Orthopaedics, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr L C Cameron
 Laboratório de Bioquímica de Proteínas, Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Av Pasteur, 296 Urca, Rio de Janeiro, CEP 22290–240, Brazil; www.unirio.br/lbp; cameron{at}unirio.br

Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the effect of caffeine on white cell distribution and muscle injury markers in professional soccer players during exercise.

Methods: 22 male athletes completed a placebo controlled double blind test protocol to simulate a soccer match, followed by a Yo-Yo intermittent recovery test.

Results: Exercise caused an increase in packed cell volume that was enhanced by caffeine. Caffeine and exercise had a synergistic effect on the blood lymphocyte count, which increased by about 38% after exercise, and by an additional 35% when combined with caffeine. Caffeine promoted an exercise independent rise in circulating monocytes, and a synergistic action of exercise and caffeine was observed on segmented neutrophils. Caffeine promoted thrombocytosis. Plasma adenosine deaminase, aspartate aminotransferase, and lactate dehydrogenase concentrations were enhanced by exercise, and alanine transaminase concentration was enhanced in both groups, with a synergistic effect of caffeine.

Conclusions: The pronounced increase in the white cell count in the group receiving caffeine appeared to be caused by greater muscle stress and consequently more intense endothelial and muscle cell injury. The use of caffeine may augment the risk of muscle damage in athletes.

  • C, caffeine only group
  • CEx, caffeine plus exercise group
  • LEx, lactose plus exercise group
  • VDR, variable distance run protocol
  • VEGF, vascular endothelial growth factor
  • leucocytosis
  • thrombocytosis
  • muscle damage markers
  • creatine kinase
  • transaminase

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  • Published Online First 4 May 2007

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