Creatine supplementation improves the anaerobic performance of elite junior fin swimmers

I. Juhász, I. Györe, Zs Csende, L. Rácz, J. Tihanyi

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The objective of this study was to determine whether creatine supplementation (CrS) could improve mechanical power output, and swimming performance in highly trained junior competitive fin swimmers. Sixteen male fin swimmers (age:15.9?1.6 years) were randomly and evenly assigned to either a creatine (CR, 4?5 g/day creatine monohydrate for 5 days) or placebo group (P, same dose of a dextrose-ascorbic acid placebo) in a double-blind research. Before and after CrS the average power output was determined by a Bosco-test and the swimming time was measured in two maximal 100 m fin swims. After five days of CrS the average power of one minute continuous rebound jumps increased by 20.2%. The lactate concentration was significantly less after 5 minutes restitution at the second measurement in both groups. The swimming time was significantly reduced in both first (pre: 50.69±1.41 s; post: 48.86±1.34 s) and second (pre: 50.39±1.38 s; post: 48.53±1.35 s) sessions of swimming in CR group, but remained almost unchanged in the P group. The results of this study indicate that five day Cr supplementation enhances the dynamic strength and may increase anaerobic metabolism in the lower extremity muscles, and improves performance in consecutive maximal swims in highly trained adolescent fin swimmers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-336
Number of pages12
JournalActa physiologica Hungarica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Oct 29 2009



  • Creatine
  • Ergogenic aid
  • Lower extremity muscles
  • Mechanical power
  • Swimming performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology (medical)

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