Benefits and Risks of Caffeine Ingestion for Anaerobic-Dominant Athletes

by Dr Charles William Burrage Jr, EdD, CSCS
NSCA Coach December 2022
Vol 9, Issue 3

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The purpose of this article is to present a brief review of research on the safety and efficacy of caffeine used by athletes participating in anaerobic-dominant sports.

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