History confirms that coffee was discovered 1000 years ago, now in the modern day almost more that 85% of Maldivians drinks coffee on a regular basis. Thousand of years passed and still there is this mystery on scientific evidence the effects of active ingredient caffeine which is found in coffee. Caffeine is known as the most widely used stimulant drug in the world, mostly used in the form of coffee.
I hear many people say that they could easily fall a sleep after a cup of coffee and it has no effects on them to keep them awake or it doesn’t make them alert. Once caffeine is enters body it is well absorbed and peak blood level occurs. Within few days of regular use body develops a tolerance to the effects of caffeine. Like caffeine increases blood pressure of a first time user but no significant change in a frequent user.
Does caffeine has an impact on athletic performance?
A controversial issue, there are studies that confirms that using caffeine has no significant impact on high intensity or high performance sports such as sprinting, but it gives a positive impact on aerobic endurance athletes.
Some guidelines for athletes who use coffee (caffeine) as a stimulant to increase sports performance:
1 – The maximum effect of caffeine is reaped after 3 to 4 hours of using caffeine
2 – Be cautious as some individuals experience a significant drop in performance during the race or game.
3 – Make sure that you have used caffeine under variety of training conditions as a new user might experience difficulties. Never try something new on a race or game day.
4 – Make sure you are aware that if your caffeine level is way too high in your urine you get positive for illegal drugs under IOC (International Olympic Committee) standards.
Caffeine as a drug:
Understand that if your urine test contains more than 12mg/ltr of caffeine you will be positive for illegal drugs (anabolic steroid) as a competitive sports man. That is if you consume 8 cups or more of coffee you will have more than the set standard of caffeine in your urine and will considered as a deliberate attempt for doping.