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What did I do?
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 …
Contributors David Jenkins, Michael Leveritt and Gary Slater supervised the thesis that this manuscript summarises.
Competing interests None declared.
Ethics approval School of Human Movement Studies Ethics Committee, The University of Queensland.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.