Special Issue "Nutritional Interventions for the Improvement of Muscle Strength, Muscle Hypertrophy and Muscle Endurance"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Raul Domínguez Herrera
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Guest Editor
1. Departamento de Motricidad Humana y Rendimiento Deportivo, Universidad de Sevilla, 41013 Sevilla, Spain
2. Studies Research Group in Neuromuscular Responses (GEPREN), University of Lavras, 37200-000 Lavras, Brazil
Interests: sports nutrition; muscle function; cardiorespiratory responses; ergogenic aids; diet
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Dr. Ángel Lago Rodríguez
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Faculty of Health Sciences, University Isabel I, Burgos, Spain
Interests: sports nutrition; Sports performance

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Muscle function is crucial for athletic performance, and so athletes aim at increasing maximal muscular strength, muscular power, muscular hypertrophy, and muscular endurance. Accordingly, resistance training is common practice among the majority of athletic training programs designed for the enhancement of performance in almost all sport modalities. Resistance training may be conducted through weightlifting (using machines, free weights, and Olympic movements), working with elastic bands and medicine balls, as well as plyometric training methodology, or using different devices that allow eccentric overload or isokinetic contractions. The heterogeneous type of training targeted at influencing muscular contraction, velocity, load, volume, and recovery aims at increasing muscular function in order to enhance performance.

A correct use of different training variables (i.e., volume, intensity, frequency) is crucial for the achievement of positive muscular adaptations, although not sufficient. Well-designed resistance training programs should include a correct nutrition protocol, which would optimize muscular adaptations to training. In this way, daily energetic dietary intake and total amount of macronutrients daily ingested, as well as their distribution along the day and especially around the training sessions, have shown to determine responses and adaptions to the training session. Thus, different dietary manipulations could be used for optimizing muscular adaptations to resistance training, including the selection of different sport supplements with a specific posology.

This Special Issue seeks to provide evidence regarding dietary interventions that could enhance athletes’ muscular performance. As Chief Editors of this Special Issue entitled “Nutritional Interventions for the Improvement of Muscle Strength, Muscle Hypertrophy, and Muscle Endurance”, we would like to make a call for original research articles, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses focused on the effect of dietary interventions on muscular performance.

Dr. Raul Domínguez Herrera
Dr. Ángel Lago Rodríguez
Guest Editors

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  • diet
  • dietary supplements
  • ergogenic aids
  • isokinetic strength
  • muscular endurance
  • muscular strength
  • nutrition
  • plyometric training
  • resistance training
  • resistance exercise
  • sport performance
  • sport supplements
  • supplement

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Acute Effects of Caffeine Intake on Psychological Responses and High-Intensity Exercise Performance
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(2), 584; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18020584 - 12 Jan 2021
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Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of caffeine supplementation on: (i) psychological responses of subjective vitality and mood; (ii) performance through a Wingate test; and (iii) rate of perceived exertion (RPE) reported after a Wingate test. Methods: Fifteen [...] Read more.
Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of caffeine supplementation on: (i) psychological responses of subjective vitality and mood; (ii) performance through a Wingate test; and (iii) rate of perceived exertion (RPE) reported after a Wingate test. Methods: Fifteen male participants (22.60 ± 2.16 years) ingested 6 mg·kg-1 of caffeine or placebo (sucrose) supplementation in two experimental sessions. After 60 min from supplement intake, participants fulfilled two questionnaires, which measured subjective vitality and mood state, respectively. Subsequently, participants’ performance was assessed through a Wingate test, which was followed by measurements of RPE at general, muscular, or cardiovascular level. Results: Caffeine supplementation increased some components of mood, as assessed by profile of mood states (POMS) (tension and vigor dimensions) and subjective vitality profiles, which were followed by a greater maximum power, average power, and lower time needed to reach maximum power during the Wingate test. Moreover, lower RPE, both at muscular and general levels were reported by participants after the Wingate test. Conclusions: These results suggest that caffeine supplementation exerts positive effects both in psychological and physical domains in trained subjects. Full article
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