Researchers are on the look out to find ways to help athletes to perform better. Earlier it was water they drank during endurance sports such as cycling and running. Later the scientists found that taking drinks that are fortified with carbohydrates could enhance the performances of both endurance athletes and strength athletes. The latest experiments they are engaged in is the carb protein drink
This is a mixture of carbohydrates and proteins in the drink. Scientists have performed several researches on this subject. One research involved ten weight lifters. In one session that lasted for two hours the weight lifters were given carbohydrate drink and on the other they were given carb protein drink.
During each work out their protein break down levels and the protein synthesis extents were measured. It was found that on both parameters the occasion where they drank the drink that had protein were found better.
Another experiment has been conducted with cyclists. The cyclists were asked to report to the laboratory. Then they were given a trial. In this trial they were asked to cover as much distance as possible within one hour. At the end of one hour period they were rested for six hours. They were given placebo drinks, carbohydrate drinks and carb protein drinks just after the trial, one hour after the trial and 2 hours after the trial. Then four hours after the trial a meal was given. Once 6 hour resting time was over they were asked to try the same ride again. Try and cover the maximum distance.
After they came back, the performances were evaluated. It was found that the athletes who were given the carb protein drink fared much better. This is a convincing research done in a very scientific way by a scientist. The results suggest that the new drink is going to hold on as it could help the athletes to perform better.
Since both the experiments returned the same result, it appears that, what this drink do for the athletes will not depend on whether they are endurance athletes or strength athletes. It could help both kinds of athletes.
Presently there are a couple of brands of carb protein drink with which trials have been conducted. In one such trial those who have conducted the trial have found that on endurance athletes the drinks works better. Anyway in the near future more and more brands of drinks will arrive in the market. The drink on which the trial was conducted has had carbohydrate and protein at the ratio of 4:1
It is believed that these drinks reduce muscle damage to athletes. Though the product has already come to the market the arguments and the trials have not finished yet. There will be many more trials conducted in the future, based on the results of those trials already conducted. Whatever the arguments that goes on, there is one thing for sure. That is science is helping to enhance the performance of athletes and the final winners of all these exercises will be the athletes of tomorrow.