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Mitch VanBruggen '08

The effect of caffeine on maximal oxygen consumption and lactate threshold in cross-country runners

Caffeine benefits endurance performance but evidence of its effect on maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max) and lactate threshold (LT) is limited.  Individuals can exercise longer and at a higher intensity with improvement in these parameters.  Nine male collegiate cross-country runners were recruited based on their endurance ability and previous racing performances. Caffeine resulted in significant mean increases of 4.2% for VO2max and 3.8% for LT compared to placebo. Therefore, a low dose of caffeine significantly increased subjects' aerobic capacity and anaerobic threshold which could allow a runner to maintain a faster pace for a longer period of time.

Mitch VanBruggen presenting his Honors thesis research at the Northland Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, March 28, 2008, St. Cloud, MN

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The effect of caffeine on maximal oxygen consumption and lactate threshold in cross-country runners

Research Advisors: Amy Olson, PhD, RDN, LD and Manuel Campos, PhD, Biology