effect of Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) on anaerobic performance on
elite Indian cyclist
Shweta Shenoy1, Udesh Chaskar Bhaskaran1, Jaspal Singh Sandhu1, M.M. Paadhi2
1Faculty of Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India
2Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), India
objective. This study was formulated to study the effects of
Ashwagandha on anaerobic parameters on the elite Indian cyclist.
and Method. It is an experimental study design developed at
department of sports medicine and physiotherapy, Guru Nanak Dev
University (Amritsar India), on 40 elite cyclists were randomly
selected and equally assigned into two groups viz. experimental and
control group. The experimental group was given supplementation of
aqueous roots of Ashwagandha extracts, in the form of capsules while
the placebo group was given starch capsules for 8 weeks. Outcome
measures: parameters of anaerobic power included were watts, peak
power, average power measured by Kinematic Motion System analysis and
velocity was measured by 50 meters dash test.
Results. There was
significant improvement in both males and females in all the
parameters. Watts (P<0.001), peak power (P<0.05), average power
(P<0.05) however there was no statistically significant improvement
in velocity but it should a clinically significant improvement. Males
and females were equally responsive to the ashwagandha supplementation.
Conclusion: 8 weeks supplementation of ashwagandha leads to improvement in the anaerobic capacity of elite cyclist.
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The effect of Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) on anaerobic performance on elite Indian cyclist