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Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira

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SANTOS, Maria Gisele dos et al. Muscular energetic metabolism study in athletes by 31P-MRS. Rev. Assoc. Med. Bras. [online]. 2004, vol.50, n.2, pp.127-132. ISSN 0104-4230.

BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to characterize the muscular reservoirs of phosphorilated energetic components of athletes using 31P-MRS. METHODS: The sample was formed by 14 elite athletes from the Center for High Sportive Performance (CAR, Sant Cugat del Vallés, Spain). The pattern of the phosphorilated metabolites was measured from the muscle vastus medialis by 31P-MRS. Oral supplementation of 20 g of Creatine monohydrate was given during 14 days. Two groups of athletes were formed according to their physical characteristics (weight, height, body mass index, maximum O2 uptake). The first group received a placebo (maltodextrine), while the second group received a diet of creatine supplement. The exercise was performed inside the resonance tunnel with a frequency of 60 RPM with both legs. RESULTS: The results showed that significant decrease occurred in phosphocreatine (PCr), inorganic phosphate (Pi) and intracellular pH after supplementation. CONCLUSION: It was concluded that the exercise performed by the long distance runners recruited in this study, detected by 31P-MRS, reduced the consumption of PCr during exercise owing to creatine supplementation diet.

Keywords : Creatine supplementation; Magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

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