The Role of Nitric Oxide in Tactical Performance

by Trisha B. Stavinoha, MS, RD, CSCS
TSAC Report September 2016
Vol 43, Issue 1

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Supplements that claim to boost nitric oxide have not been proven to be all that effective since the actual conversion in the blood cell is rather complicated and requires oxygen, which is usually in short supply during exercise or at high altitude. So how does an athlete boost their nitric oxide production?

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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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Trisha Stavinoha earned her Master of Science degree in Sport Nutrition from Long Island University. She has been a credentialed sport dietitian and s...

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