Creatine timing…

In this weeks sports science news, creatine timing, does it matter?, how fast is Haaland?, cobra blood and bull testicle?

Eric Curry

By Eric Curry
Last updated: February 29th, 2024
3 min read

This week in the world of sports science…

Here are some of the biggest happenings:

  • Creatine timing, does it matter?
  • How fast is Erling Haaland?
  • Cobra blood and bull testicle?

Creatine timing, does it matter?


Creatine is one of the most popular and extensively studied supplements. Its safety and effectiveness have been well established by research. Creatine is typically taken to enhance high-intensity exercise capacity and increase lean muscle mass.

However, the timing of creatine supplementation has been debated. A recent expert-reviewed article by Forbes Health discusses this matter. There are two viewpoints on creatine timing. The first is that creatine should be taken close to the time of training. Whereas the other viewpoint disregards any benefit associated with timing.

This article gives a comprehensive summary of the science of creatine timing and which viewpoint is preferred. If you supplement with creatine, this article is well worth checking out!

If you would like to know more about sports supplements, then check out our blog SUPPLEMENTS IN SPORT: WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS AND RISKS?

How fast is Erling Haaland?

Erling Haaland (Image: Belfast News Letter)

Erling Haaland is arguably the best striker in football today. The Norwegian had an incredible record-breaking debut season for Man City in the Premier League. His record of 36 goals is the most ever recorded by a player. Haaland’s speed is a key component to his success. So just how fast is Erling Haaland?

Recently, a video of Haaland during his Borussia Dortmund days has resurfaced on social media. In this cool video, we can see Haaland showing devastating pace and reaching 35 km/h. Interestingly, his sprint distance is approximately 100 metres too!

If you are interested in learning more about this topic, check out our blog: SPEED TRAINING IN SOCCER: HOW TO DEVELOP THIS GAME-CHANGER

Cobra blood and bull testicle?

Nikita Tszyu (Image: Fox Sports)

Fox Sport Australia recently did a feature on Australian boxer, Nikita Tszyu. Tszyu discusses his diet ahead of his showdown with fellow Australian boxer, Jack Brubaker. Fresh cobra blood and bull testicles are examples of food sources in his current diet.

Tszyu attributes his peculiar diet to giving “energy rushes” and a “clear mind”. While some exotic food delicacies may be high in nutritional value, there is currently very little scientific evidence to support Tszyu’s claims. In fact, there are risks of infection associated with the consumption of exotic food delicacies. Consuming raw snakes can even lead to death as the venom may be consumed.

While this bizarre diet may work for Tszyu, the jury is still out on this.

From us this week:

>> New course: The Demands of Women’s Football
>> New podcast: Improve Your Bench Press With Essential Lessons From Para-Powerlifting
>> New infographic: Age-related decline in performance on the pitch
>> New article: Basic Movement Patterns

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I hope you enjoyed this week’s roundup of the hottest sports science news, and as always, we’ll be back next week with more to keep you at the forefront of the industry.

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Eric Curry

Eric Curry

Eric is a Strength and Conditioning Coach from Ireland. Eric holds a MSc in Sports Strength and Conditioning and an undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise. Eric is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the NSCA. Eric currently works as a Strength and Conditioning Coach in Ireland predominantly with youth performance Tennis players. Eric also has experience working with athletes from basketball, martial arts, football, hurling, and Gaelic football.

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