Caffeine has been banned in the past at Olympic games, but since 2004 the athletic-performance-boosting substance has only been monitored. De Keniaan Augustine Rono runs the marathon in Rotterdam. (Wikimedia Commons photo/Wouter Engler)
A report says three-quarters of elite athletes take caffeine. Caffeine can give a 1 to 3 percent or more boost in athletic performance, studies have shown. That is why about three-quarters of athletes use the substance in the Olympics. But caffeine consumption wasn’t always by athletes allowed during the Olympics.
In fact, in the 1972 summer Olympics silver lightweight judo medalist Bakaava Buidaa was stripped of his silver metal after testing positive for excessive caffeine. Other medalists were widely known to have been taking caffeine in copious amounts but escaped punishment.
A paper in the journal Nutrients  says caffeine intake increased slightly after the ban was lifted. The paper states:
These data indicate that the use of caffeine has slightly increased since its removal from the list of banned substances, but urine caffeine concentrations suggest that the use of caffeine is moderate in most sport specialties. Athletes of individual sports or athletes of sports with an aerobic-like nature are more prone to using caffeine in competition.
This means that when athletes do use caffeine, they use it in moderate amounts.
Policing the use of performance enhancers
The World Anti-Doping Agency attempts to police athletes and make sure they aren’t taking substances, hormones, and chemicals that purport to give them an unfair advantage over others who don’t take them.
We say purportbecause while it is widely and falsely believed that steroids, for example, increase athletes’ performance, these hormones and chemicals quickly and catastrophically destroy a person’s health.
Risk of viral or bacterial infections due to unsterile injections
No dangerous effects from caffeine
No such dangerous or even deadly effects are seen from caffeine if it is the true substance obtained from many plants worldwide and not synthetic caffeine.
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Caffeine can improve performance by 1.5 to 3 percent, recent studies show. And the amount needed to give the boost is no more than that in an 8-ounce cup of coffee or an energy drink or two.
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Supplementing with caffeine for sports
Scientists used to think that to see a difference in their performance, athletes would need large doses of caffeine. But sports medicine specialist and doctor Haemi Choi tells Men’s Health  that smaller amounts help with intense, short-term sports activities. A 1 to 3 percent improvement may not matter to an amateur athlete just playing hoops with friends, but it could make all the difference in a professional or Olympic sport.
Caffeine control in the Olympics has changed
An article on Bustle.com  states that the rules on caffeine in the Olympics have changed somewhat through the years. By 2004, caffeine had been removed from the banned list and placed on a less restrictive program in which testers monitor patterns of caffeine abuse, says an article on ProCon.org .
The article on Bustle.com says caffeine gives a boost to athletes’ performance by increasing endurance, increasing its appeal to athletes who have to perform during long periods, including distance runners. Scientists believe caffeine works by triggering release of fat stores into the blood, freeing them up for use as energy.
“Caffeine can also improve focus and reaction time, which are also important for many Olympic events. Athletes looking to give themselves a boost can therefore strategically ingest caffeine on the day of their competition,” Bustle.com says.
“Do you really get an advantage though if everyone is using it?” asks the host of the WSJ video. The reporter, Rachel Bachman, said the athletes get such a performance boost that they figure they might as well use it even though most of their opponents are too.
“If you’re not using it you might be leaving a benefit on the table. … So if you’re a high-level athlete why leave that benefit unused,” Ms. Bachman said.
Caffeine does not give just athletes advantages. Studies have shown it helps people in many ways, including fighting disease, depression and suicidal tendencies and also makes people feel better mentally, increases alertness and cognitive capability.
World's most popular mood-altering substance
Caffeine is the most popular mood-altering substance in the world. It is found on all continents except Antarctica and is placed in many products, including energy drinks, sodas, medicines, candies, and gum.
Some natural products containing caffeine include coffee, tea, yerba mate, cocoa (chocolate), kola nuts, guarana berries, guayusa, and the yaupon holly.
So next time you wonder why athletes take caffeine just before a competition, remember they train harder, longer and get more results on caffeine. Caffeine helps you burn fat, increase your athletic performance and decrease muscle pain.
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Science hasn't found the definitive answer to this question, but one study concluded that fewer men who consume caffeine have problems performing. The study said:
Caffeine intake reduced the odds of prevalent ED, especially an intake equivalent to approximately 2-3 daily cups of coffee (170-375 mg/day). This reduction was also observed among overweight/obese and hypertensive, but not among diabetic men. Yet, these associations are warranted to be investigated in prospective studies