Title

Alcohol Consumption and Intercollegiate Athletes

Presenter Information

Nicole Prigge

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 271

Start Date

16-5-2013

End Date

16-5-2013

Abstract

Question: How is athletic performance negatively affected after alcohol consumption? Rationale: Problematic drinking among college athletes is defined as resulting in one or more of the following: behavior offensive to others, damaged friendships, poor academic performance, poor play during matches, and failure to attend training session. Intercollegiate studies show athletes risk for problematic drinking ranges from 67.5 percent to 78 percent. Methods: In order to find articles, I accessed SPORTDiscus through CWU’s Library and searched using the keywords “alcohol consumption,” “effects on athletic performance,” and “physiological effects.” I limited the search to publications from 2002 to the present. Results: Consumption of alcohol within 48 to 72 hours of physical activity reduces resynthesis of glycogen stores in liver and muscle, immune system function, metabolism, aerobic exercise capacity, and cardiorespiratory ability, while it increases dehydration, weight gain, thermoregulatory issues, and injury prevalence. After completing my review I found negative effects of alcohol consumption on physical activity are measurable in athletes 80-meter sprint times, vertical jump height, and treadmill tests to failure. Conclusion: Although the negative effects of alcohol consumption on physiology and performance are numerous, the prevalence of problematic drinking remains high on university campuses. As a future educator and coach, this subject warrants more research so we can enhance awareness among both the general public and the athletic community.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Daniel Williams

Additional Mentoring Department

Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science

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Alcohol Consumption and Intercollegiate Athletes

SURC 271

Question: How is athletic performance negatively affected after alcohol consumption? Rationale: Problematic drinking among college athletes is defined as resulting in one or more of the following: behavior offensive to others, damaged friendships, poor academic performance, poor play during matches, and failure to attend training session. Intercollegiate studies show athletes risk for problematic drinking ranges from 67.5 percent to 78 percent. Methods: In order to find articles, I accessed SPORTDiscus through CWU’s Library and searched using the keywords “alcohol consumption,” “effects on athletic performance,” and “physiological effects.” I limited the search to publications from 2002 to the present. Results: Consumption of alcohol within 48 to 72 hours of physical activity reduces resynthesis of glycogen stores in liver and muscle, immune system function, metabolism, aerobic exercise capacity, and cardiorespiratory ability, while it increases dehydration, weight gain, thermoregulatory issues, and injury prevalence. After completing my review I found negative effects of alcohol consumption on physical activity are measurable in athletes 80-meter sprint times, vertical jump height, and treadmill tests to failure. Conclusion: Although the negative effects of alcohol consumption on physiology and performance are numerous, the prevalence of problematic drinking remains high on university campuses. As a future educator and coach, this subject warrants more research so we can enhance awareness among both the general public and the athletic community.