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Clin J Sport Med. 2006 Jan;16(1):68-71.

Ribose versus dextrose supplementation, association with rowing performance: a double-blind study.

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Sports Medicine Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

It has been hypothesized that ribose supplementation rapidly replenishes adenosine triphosphate stores and thereby improves exercise performance. We compared the effects of ribose versus dextrose on rowing performance.

DESIGN:

Double-blind randomized trial.

SETTING:

Rowing team training area of large midwestern university.

PARTICIPANTS:

Thirty-one women collegiate rowers.

INTERVENTIONS:

We studied the effects of ribose versus dextrose supplementation (10 g each in 8 oz water) for 8 weeks before and after practice and 2000-m time trials. OUTCOME MEASUREMENTS AND RESULTS: In the time trials, the dextrose group showed significantly more improvement at 8 weeks than the ribose group (median, 15.2 vs. 5.2 s; P = 0.031).

CONCLUSIONS:

We doubt ribose impaired, and hypothesize dextrose enhanced, rowing performance. Further research is needed to define what role, if any, dextrose and ribose play as athletic supplements.

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