Essay on Alcohol and Sports Performance

2102 Words Mar 20th, 2012 9 Pages
Alcohol and Sports Performance The effects that alcohol carries out on the human body are numerous. The majority of the effects are immediate but some of the effects are long term. The main effects are seen right away with intoxication, blurred vision, slurred speech, reduced reaction time, and impaired muscle control to name a few. The long-term effects can harm the person much greater than the short-term effects. Consistent alcohol abuse can lead to several diseases that destroy the body and its functions. Athletes spend countless hours trying to maximize their performance and potential. When alcohol effects the body severely and detrimentally on a cellular level the athlete is compromised. One of the biggest threats to the …show more content…
Measurements were taken before the exercise, 36 hours after the exercise and 60 hours after the exercise. There was a significant decrease in muscular performance over time for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage drinkers. This concludes that there is no evidence showing that a low dosage of alcohol after exercise or sporting event negatively effects muscular health. This means that alcohol consumption after muscle damaging exercise has no direct relationship to damage to the skeletal muscles and therefore is not related to injury. Casey: In the article Sport-Type Differences in Alcohol Us Among Intercollegiate Athletes showed a study that over 40% of college students reported they drank heavily over a two week period. Among this group it was said that majority of the group was intercollegiate athletes who was an unbelievable 53%-57% of that group. The college athlete averaged 7.57 drinks per week, while the non-athlete only averaged 4.12 drinks per week, by this it indicates when a college athlete chooses to consume alcohol, and they tend to consume more, which is severely atrocious for their body. In the article it goes on to say that the National Collegiate Athletic Association conducted a large scale studied that revealed that 80% of the collegiate athletes that consumed alcohol were men; and of that of that percentage the top three men’s sports were swimming/diving being 84.7%, men’s soccer was 83.9% and baseball rounded out

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