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Addressing biochemical deficiencies in athletes for performance enhancement
  1. S Pettersen
  1. Performance Enhancement Professionals, 16601 N 90th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85260, USA; sonjapettersen{at}


Lecture 24

Introduction In order for an athlete to achieve the highest level of performance, every cell of their organism must be functioning efficiently. Nutrient deficiencies limit metabolic function of their respective biochemical pathways and possibly any subsequent reactions. Optimal biochemical regulation will determine performance whether an athlete is attempting to set a record or heal from an injury. Because every athlete has unique biochemistry, diet analysis cannot predict nutrient status even among athletes of the same sport. Every sport has different nutrient requirements and every athlete in that sport will have distinctive needs based on age, medical history, nutrient absorption, metabolism, genetic predisposition and medications. Even high-performing athletes who appear healthy can have deficiencies that make them prone to injury or poor recovery.

Methods Laboratory testing reveals the health status of an athlete without bias or judgement allowing for accurate supplementation. Urine and blood analysis are performed to determine direct and indirect measures of specific nutrients. Genetic testing can be performed from the DNA through blood or saliva.

Conclusion Identifying and correcting biochemical imbalances is the fastest way to balance the athlete and allows them to reach their maximal genetic potential.

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