The effects of carbohydrate mouth rinse on 30-minute arm cranking performance

Andersson, Helen, Sinclair, Jonathan Kenneth orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-2231-3732, Knight, Abigail, Buscombe, Richard, Edmonds, Caroline and Bottoms, Lindsay (2016) The effects of carbohydrate mouth rinse on 30-minute arm cranking performance. Comparative Exercise Physiology, 12 (1). pp. 41-47. ISSN 1755-2540

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The aim of this study was to examine the effect of carbohydrate mouth rinse on 30-min arm cranking performance. Twelve healthy, active males (age 21.6, standard deviation (SD)=3.1 years; mass 76.2, SD=12.2 kg) volunteered in a single-blind, randomised crossover design. Firstly they completed an incremental exercise test to exhaustion (VO2max test) on an arm crank (50W for 2 min, increasing by 10W every min). During visit 2 and 3 they arm cranked for maximal distance over 30 min at a resistance equivalent to 50% of their peak power, mouth rinsing for 5 s with either 25 ml of a tasteless 6.4% maltodextrin solution (CHO) or 25 ml of water (placebo) every 6 min. A letter cancellation test was performed pre and post exercise to measure cognitive function. The result showed that cognitive function was not significantly different between trials (P=0.874). There was no significant difference in distance arm cranked between trials (P=0.164) even though 9 out of 12 participants had improved performance on the CHO trial. In conclusion, further research is needed to determine the ergogenic effect of CHO mouth rinsing on upper body exercise performance.

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