Creatine Supplementation: Practical Strategies and Considerations for Mixed Martial Arts

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Tony Ricci
Scott C. Forbes
Darren G. Candow


Brain Health, Supplement, Performance, Creatine Monohydrate, Combat


Mixed martial arts (MMA) is an intermittent sport that is physically and cognitively demanding. Nutritional strategies to support training, competition, and weight- cutting are important to optimize performance. One purported ergogenic aid that may have beneficial effects for MMA is creatine monohydrate. The purpose of this narrative review is to (1) discuss how creatine supplementation impacts MMA performance; (2) outline the effect of creatine supplementation on body composition and highlight specific strategies while cutting weight; (3) discuss how creatine can be used after weigh-ins to enhance re-hydration and glycogen re-synthesis; (4) evaluate the potential cognitive benefits of creatine supplementation; and (5) discuss practical real life strategies and considerations when considering creatine supplementation.

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