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If time permits, I would like to sign up for a proper course. It was good exercise :)
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CARBOHYDRATE LOADING
Jane Tan, Senior Coach of NewAgeTaichi, Copyright 2009
(WORD COUNT: 299)

The reason as to why the importance of carbohydrate as a fuel for muscular exercise becomes increasingly significant with the increases in the intensity of the exercise is due to the limited amount of carbohydrate stored in the body, where muscle and liver glycogen depletion could be factors that may limit performance capacity in distance events characterized by high levels of energy expenditure for prolonged periods.

Carbohydrate loading, which is also known as glycogen loading and glycogen super compensation, is a dietary technique intended to encourage a significant increase in the glycogen content in both the liver and the muscles so as to delay the onset of fatigue. It is usually used for 3-7 days in preparation for major athletic competitions.

On the whole, carbohydrate loading is mostly suited for those individuals who will uphold high levels of continuous energy expenditure for prolonged periods, such as long-distance runners, swimmers, bicyclists, triathletes, cross-country skiers, and similar athletes. Additionally, athletes who are involved in prolonged stop-and-go activities, such as soccer, basketball, lacrosse, and tournament-play sports like tennis and handball may benefit.

Taking for instance, in a recent study Rica-Sanz and others (Rico-Sanz, J., et al., 1999) concluded that fatigue during soccer-specific performance is correlated to the capacity to use muscle glycogen, which states the importance of glycogen loading. In essence, carbohydrate loading may be useful for athletes involved in events that use muscle glycogen as the main energy source which may lead to a depletion of glycogen in the muscle fibers.

With the above, athletes who compete in sports involving high intensity, short duration energy expenditure will not benefit form carbohydrate loading. Next, bodybuilders have been reported to carbohydrate loading in an effort to appear more muscular owning to increased muscle glycogen levels and associated water retention. (Williams, H. Melvin, 2007).

Keywords

Carbohydrate loading, sports performance, muscle glycogen.

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