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β-alanine: performance effects, usage and side effects
  1. Vincent Kelly1,2
  1. 1 School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  2. 2 Brisbane 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}

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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 …

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  • 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.