Creatine is a popular performance-enhancing substance. According to popular belief, it is believed to enhance muscle mass and provide athletes with surges of energy. Supplements of this substance can be found at any drug store or supermarket and are generally over-the-counter. Many young athletes these days use creatine supplements, but their effects are not really understood by them.
Creatine itself is a chemical that occurs naturally. As humans, we already have some creatine in our body. Our bodies turn it into creatine phosphate. Creatine phosphate helps us make adenosine triphosphate, also known as ATP. ATP is what the body uses for energy for all cell processes.
As previously stated creatine is believed to increase strength and muscle mass and provide energy for athletes during exercises. One sport where the use of this is popular is soccer. Many studies have been done to look at the effects of creatine in sports such as field hockey and soccer. Although no scientist has done a study looking at the effects of creatine during an actual game, they have looked at its effects on performance tests related to sports where creatine is used commonly. Unfortunately, the studies have provided mixed results. The studies that show creatine having a genuine effect are usually shown with sprinting tests. The problem with this is that in most sports where creatine is used, the athletes do not sprint very much to the extent of short distance track and field athletes. For example, in soccer, very rarely do the players actually sprint at full speed, as they have to be playing for 90 minutes and they need to be able to control the ball.
As a result, the true effects of creatine supplements are unknown. Until the full effects of these supplements in sports are known, we highly suggest the use of food and water for energy!