Effect of Caffeine on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Athletes

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athletes have a constant pressure of performing well and have to be very careful about anything they consume. Athletes have to make sure that they do not consume anything that affects their performance adversely. They are constantly monitored for doping, so they have to ensure that they do not consume any illegal substance to enhance their performance. However, caffeine is a stimulant that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athletes can consume.

Caffeine is a natural stimulant known to lift a person’s mood. The most commonly used sources of caffeine are tea and coffee. Some Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athletes can also take caffeine in form of a tablet. It is accepted world-wide as a legal drug. Caffeine is absorbed into the blood stream quickly and its effect peaks in about an hour’s time after consumption. It relaxes the muscles and stimulates the nerves. It is also known to decrease fatigue by affecting the sensory signals from and to the brain. This could be helpful to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athletes.

How an individual’s body responds to caffeine depends on various factors like age, gender, weight, height, quantity of caffeine consumed, other addictions, pre-existing medical conditions, etc. In addition, people can have different sensitivity levels towards caffeine. Therefore a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athlete must not follow the average recommended dose and must find out the dose that is right for him. He can either determine this through experimenting or consult his coach or doctor. Determining the right caffeine dose is also important as an overdose of caffeine can have side-effects.

Caffeine can be addictive and an overdose can cause dehydration due to sweating, which can adversely affect a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athlete. In some cases it is also known to cause nervousness, anxiety and insomnia. These side effects can prevent a person from thinking clearly. These side effects are usually noticed when caffeine dosage level touches 600mg per day. This would mean that the person is consuming nearly six cups of coffee in a day. In the long run, caffeine can cause ulcers and can increase the impact of heart attacks, which can prevent a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athlete from pursuing the sport.