Grove City College Caffeine Research Featured in Shape

GROVE CITY, Pa. – Research by two Grove City College professors is prominently featured in a Shape magazine feature detailing the benefits of caffeine as a workout enhancer.

The article, “Why caffeine is the best thing that’s ever happened to your workout,” cited a paper by exercise science professor Philip Prins and psychology professor Gary Welton. The research article was published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

Prins and Welton’s research focused on caffeine’s impact on endurance, finding that drinking about 160 milligrams, equivalent to the amount found in a 10-ounce cup of coffee, could shave about 30 seconds off a recreational runner’s 5K time.

Caffeine also increases activity in the nervous system, making users feel more alert, sharpening concentration and improving reaction times.

Five exercise science students at Grove City College worked on the research: Grace Majchrowicz, Jessica Althausen, Tresea Dallatore, Julie Fijal and Natalie Sorek. Majchrowicz presented the team’s findings at the American College of Sports Medicine’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in November.

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