Understanding Metabolic Acidosis

Because of the unique physical demands of the sport, coaches developing fitness of players should have a thorough understanding of all energy systems involved, their interplay with each other, and the exact role they play in fueling the athlete’s movements throughout the course of games and practice. While I have written briefly on several aspects of these points previously, I wanted to pass on a review paper that I thought would be useful for those with some time and interest. Review papers are nice because they tend to weed out research errors and biases and look for commonalities that are applicable to real world usage. In my experience, the anaerobic lactate system is very poorly understood by most coaches and trainers and many myths still exist despite plenty of research to the contrary. The article linked to below addresses some of these issues and gets in to some fairly high level of this poorly understood energy system.

Biochemistry of exercise-induced metabolic acidosis


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Mike Young

Director of Performance at Athletic Lab
Mike is the Head Fitness Coach for the North Carolina Courage and North Carolina FC. He is also the owner and Director of Performance at Athletic Lab sports performance training center. He previously served as the fitness coach for the Vancouver Whitecaps and Carolina Railhawks. He has a PhD in Biomechanics, an MS in Coaching Science, and a BSS in Exercise Physiology and has coached Olympic and professional athletes in Skeleton, Track & Field, MLS and NASL Soccer, PGA Golf, NFL Football, MLB Baseball and Olympic Weightlifting. He has lectured around the world and authored 2 books and dozens of research and coaching articles.
Category : Research