A recent study looked at how collagen consumption can improve knee pain in athletes.
In general, athletes suffer all kinds of injuries and discomfort. Many of them are caused by overloading the joints, overexertion of the muscles, or poor technique, among others. Knee pain in particular is a common problem in athletes: activities such as running or cycling require repetitive movements and wear and tear on the cartilage, tendons and ligaments.
While collagen is known to support joint health, improve athletic performance, and prevent wear and tear on your knees, a recent study published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism found that consuming peptides Collagen bioactives can relieve knee pain in athletes. The pain in question is not that produced by certain pathologies, such as osteoporosis or patella displacement, but rather as a consequence of an overload or an incorrect load on the knee during physical activity.
To carry out the research, a group of people was taken as a control group ⏤people who ingested a placebo⏤ and another group of people who consumed 5 grams of collagen peptides for 12 weeks.
In both cases, the participants had similar physical characteristics, and athletes with knee conditions ⏤such as osteoporosis⏤, athletes who were injected with different types of intramuscular supplements in the 6 months prior to the study, or athletes with severe pain treated with drugs, among others. With this, it was sought that the research be directly on people with knee pain caused by overloads or poor load, as explained above.
The subjects were evaluated at two moments: in activity and at rest.
Results: an improvement in knee pain
The study showed that people who consumed collagen had a significant decrease in pain during activity. There was also a slight improvement during the resting stage, although to a lesser extent.
This work joins a long series of research related to the use of collagen to improve joint pain. As these studies suggest, the evidence shows that supplementation can be a great ally for athletes not only to improve pain, but also to prevent it.
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Denise Zdzieblik, Steffen Oesser, Albert Gollhofer, and Daniel König. Improvement of activity-related knee joint discomfort following supplementation of specific collagen peptides. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. 42(6): 588-595. https://doi.org/10.1139/apnm-2016-0390