phosphate loading

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Ingestion of sodium phosphate as an ergogenic aid. It is claimed that phosphate loading increases the availability of phosphates for oxidative phosphorylation (production of ATP) and increases the potential for aerobic exercise performance. These, and other effects, are thought to improve energy capacity and endurance. Research findings are inconclusive: some studies show significant improvements in VO2max, others show no significant beneficial effect.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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