Creatine Supplementation – A Method to Support Brain Health and Cognitive Function in the Tactical Profession

by Miguel Zeran, CSCS
TSAC Report December 2022
Vol 66, Issue 3

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This article discusses the possible benefits of creatine supplementation for tactical athletes and their cognitive function.

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This article originally appeared in TSAC Report, the NSCA’s quarterly, online-only publication geared toward the training of tactical athletes, operators, and facilitators. It provides research-based articles, performance drills, and conditioning techniques for operational, tactical athletes. The TSAC Report is only available for NSCA Members. Read more articles from TSAC Report 

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Miguel Zeran spent 21 years in the United States Marine Corps serving as a Reconnaissance Marine. Along the way, he picked up a Bachelor’s degree in ...

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