The review article and experimental papers summarized in this News Briefs suggest that in addition to their effects on postexercise skeletal muscle recovery via alterations in protein degradation and supplementation of specific amino acids before, during, and after exercise, amino acids might have beneficial effects on immune function and skeletal muscle metabolism during and after exercise. Additional mechanistic and applied studies in this area are clearly warranted. This line of investigation might be fruitful for individuals interested in applied sports nutrition, ergogenic aids, and the basic biology of skeletal muscle metabolism during exercise. It might also be of interest to those who seek to optimize nutritional support for patients with diseases that cause inadequate blood flow to cardiac or skeletal muscle.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation