Athletes and caffeine: an ok stimulant?
Does caffeine increase athletic performance? Caffeine is a stimulant, after all. And yes, according to a recent study by The American College of Sports Medicine, moderate doses of caffeine do in fact increase athletes’ performance.
Interestingly, the Olympics do not ban caffeine but student athletes may be disqualified by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) if their urine contains more than 15 mcg/mi of caffeine. To put that into perspective, one would have to consume 17 caffeinated soft drinks to reach that level. That’s a lot of caffeine!