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β-alanine: performance effects, usage and side effects
  1. Vincent Kelly1,2
  1. 1School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  2. 2Brisbane Broncos Rugby League Football Club, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Vincent Kelly, School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland 4072, Australia; v.kelly2{at}uq.edu.au

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β-alanine supplementation improves high-intensity exercise capacity. I investigated the influence of β-alanine supplementation combined with high intensity training on performance. I also examined the factors that potentially influence an athlete’s decision to use β-alanine including side effects and dosage compliance.

Why did I do it?

The aim was to consider factors that influence how the findings of β-alanine research relate to practice. Others have examined the efficacy of β-alanine1; however, its influence on repeated-sprint performance when combined with a structured training programme was unknown. Also I wanted to know if β-alanine would assist team sport athletes who are required to sprint repeatedly.

The current practices and level of knowledge relating to the benefits of supplementing with β-alanine among elite athletes are …

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