ATP and Muscular Fatigue
When an athlete becomes fatigued, performance suffers. Everyone knows this is true, but why does it happen?
Muscular fatigue is caused by a decrease in muscular excitability, or the muscle’s ability to respond rapidly to a stimulating agent telling the muscle to contract. That stimulating agent is calcium.
Unfortunately, exercise depletes calcium from muscle cells, causing a decrease in muscular excitability and an increase in fatigue. In fact, a 50% decrease in calcium can result in an 80% reduction in force.1
The key to fighting muscular fatigue is to increase muscular excitability.
Increases in muscular excitability lead to an increase in the intensity of muscle contractions
PEAK ATP® increases:
- Muscle excitability*
- Levels of extracellular calcium*
- Blood flow*
- Nutrient and oxygen delivery*
- Waste removal*
PEAK ATP® decreases:
- Muscle fatigue*
- Recovery time*