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Learn how creatine supplementation affects performance with this authoritative source drawn from the latest research findings. Creatine: The Power Supplement is the first book to provide scientific analysis of creatine supplementation on exercise performance and athlete health and safety.

The subject of numerous studies during the 1990s, creatine is a naturally occurring substance necessary for synthesizing phosphocreatine that is used by the muscles during high-intensity exercise. Supplementation programs significantly increase the body's supply of creatine and phosphocreatine, resulting in the muscles' capacity to quickly re-energize after exertion.

Creatine: The Power Supplement presents a detailed analysis of:

- Scientific literature discussing the effects of creatine supplementation on various forms of exercise, sport performance, and on body mass
- Creatine requirements and metabolic functions
- Supplementation protocols and the effects on muscle creatine stores
- Possible adverse effects of creatine supplementation
- Legal and ethical considerations regarding creatine use by competitive athletes
- The historical evolution of creatine use

Creatine: The Power Supplement is the most comprehensive book available on one of the most popular supplements in sports.

This book is a detailed analysis of the effect of creatine supplementation on exercise performance:what it is, how it works, how to use it.

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What People Are Saying

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""Many nutritional supplements come and go without much commotion, but none has generated the kind of interest or debate that creatine has. Creatine: The Power Supplement is a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of creatine use and its effects on athletic performance and health. In this clear and superbly organized monograph, Drs. Williams, Kreider, and Branch have done a fantastic job of tackling the tough issues from scientific as well as practical angles. The creatine-related myths and half-truths won't have long to live when this information hits the scene!""
Steven Scott Plisk, MS, CSCS
Director of Sports Conditioning
Yale University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736001625
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/19/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Melvin Williams, PhD, is Eminent Scholar Emeritus in the Department of Exercise Science, Physical Education, and Recreation at Old Dominion University. He has conducted research on various ergogenic aids for over 30 years and has published numerous original research studies and review articles.

Author of The Ergogenics Edge (Human Kinetics, 1998), Dr. Williams also wrote the definitive college text, Nutrition for Fitness and Sport, now in its fifth edition. He is also the founding editor of the International Journal of Sport Nutrition. Dr. Williams is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and a member of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Dr. Williams lives in Norfolk, Virginia.

Richard B. Kreider, PhD, is associate professor, assistant department chair, and director of the Exercise and Sport Nutrition Laboratory in the Department of Human Movement Sciences and Education at the University of Memphis. He has focused his research efforts on ergogenic aids and human physical performance and has conducted numerous studies on creatine supplementation.

Editor of the popular reference, Overtraining in Sport (Human Kinetics, 1998), Dr. Kreider has published more than 100 research articles and abstracts in scientific journals. He is a Fellow of the ACSM and the research digest editor for the International Journal of Sport Nutrition. Dr. Kreider lives in Bartlett, Tennessee.

J. David Branch, PhD, is assistant professor of exercise science at Old Dominion University. He has conducted several studies involving ergogenic aids, including the effects of creatine supplementation on women.

Since 1980 Dr. Branch has been supervisor of Bicycle Ergometer Graded Exercise Testing for the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Health/Fitness Screening Program. He has also served as codirector of a fitness and cardiac rehabilitation center.

Dr. Branch is a Fellow of the ACSM and has been widely published. He lives in Norfolk, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
- Brief History
- Chapter Summary

Chapter 2. Creatine Requirements and Metabolic Functions
- Daily Creatine Requirements
- Dietary Sources of Creatine
- Dietary Intake
- Intestinal Absorption of Creatine
- Tissue Uptake of Creatine
- Endogenous Synthesis
- Storage in the Body
- Metabolic Functions
- Other Functions of Creatine
- Catabolism and Excretion
- Chapter Summary

Chapter 3. Creatine Supplementation: Theory, Protocol, and Effects
- Human Energy and Fatigue
- Theoretical Ergogenic Benefits
- Theoretical Ergolytic Effects
- Sport Performance Implications
- Forms of Creatine
- Supplementation Protocols
- Effects of Supplementation
- Chapter Summary

Chapter 4. Research Considerations With Nutritional Sports

- Experimental Research
- Epidemiological Research
- Research-Based Recommendations
- Chapter Summary

Chapter 5. Ergogenic Effects of Creatine Supplementation on Anaerobic Power
- Laboratory Studies
- Field Studies
- Chapter Summary

Chapter 6. Ergogenic Effects of Creatine Supplementation on Anaerobic Endurance
- Resistance-Exercise Tasks
- Laboratory-Based Cycle Ergometer Studies
- Running Performance
- Swimming Performance
- Miscellaneous Exercise Tasks
- Performance Studies Including Biochemical Markers of Creatine Supplementation
- Chapter Summary

Chapter 7. Ergogenic Effects of Creatine Supplementation on Aerobic Endurance
- Laboratory-Based Cycle Ergometer Exercise
- Laboratory-Based and Field-Based Running Exercise
- Miscellaneous Submaximal Exercise Performance Tasks
- Performance Studies Including Biochemical Markers Reflecting Metabolic Effects of Creatine Supplementation
- Chapter Summary

Chapter 8. Creatine Supplementation: Effects on Body Mass and Composition
- Creatine Supplementation and Body Mass
- Chapter Summary

Chapter 9. Health and Safety Aspects of Creatine Supplementation
- Effects of Creatine Supplementation on Markers of Clinical Status
- Medical Uses of Creatine and Phosphocreatine
- Anecdotally Reported Side Effects
- Long-Term Safety
- Chapter Summary

Chapter 10. Legal and Ethical Issues Regarding Creatine Supplementation
- Legal Aspects
- Ethical Aspects
- Chapter Summary

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