Amino Acids and How They Relate to Athletics.

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By: Jayquan S Salmond

Out of all the amino acids, 8 are classified as essential amino acids. The body finds it hard to combine them with other compounds at a normal level to assist in adequate growth. The 8 are known as phenylalanine, valine, threonine, tryptophan, isoleucine, methionine, leucine, and lysine. When the isoleucine, leucine, and valine are grouped they are called BCAA or branched-chain amino acids. 1/3 of the body’s skeletal muscles are made up of BCAA. Skeletal muscles are essential when the body moves. So they help the bones and joints all well. So, BCAA promotes the growth of muscle and the total repair of the muscles in the body after training. This is highly effective in athletes’ bodies when it time for weight training. This is effective in the strengthening and toning of the triceps, biceps, and forearms of a baseball or softball player. The BCAA plays the main role in fueling the muscles to exercise. A test is being run to see if there is a fact that BCAA reduce fatigue in the body. Without fatigue an athlete can go for hours a day effectively. So, athletics look at amino acids as a gold mind when it come to having a strong athlete, since it helps build strength.

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