Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
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©Journal of Sports Science and Medicine ( 2017 ) 16 , 147 - 153

Research article
Curcumin and Piperine Supplementation and Recovery Following Exercise Induced Muscle Damage: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Barthélémy Delecroix1,2, Abd Elbasset Abaïdia1,2, Cédric Leduc3, Brian Dawson4, Grégory Dupont1,2,4, 
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1 Université de Lille, EA 7369 - URePSSS - Unité de Recherche Pluridisciplinaires Sport Santé Société, Lille, France
2 Research Department, Lille Olympique Sporting Club (LOSC), Lille, France
3 Fédération Française de Rugby (FFR), The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
4 School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

Grégory Dupont
✉ Research Department, Lille Olympique Sporting Club (LOSC), Lille, France
Email: gregory.dupont@univ-lille2.fr
Publish Date
Received: 31-10-2016
Accepted: 14-02-2017
Published (online): 01-03-2017
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ABSTRACT

The aim of this study was to analyze the effects of oral consumption of curcumin and piperine in combination on the recovery kinetics after exercise-induced muscle damage. Forty-eight hours before and following exercise-induced muscle damage, ten elite rugby players consumed curcumin and piperine (experimental condition) or placebo. A randomized cross-over design was performed. Concentric and isometric peak torque for the knee extensors, one leg 6 seconds sprint performance on a non-motorized treadmill, counter movement jump performance, blood creatine kinase concentration and muscle soreness were assessed immediately after exercise, then at 24h, 48h and 72h post-exercise. There were moderate to large effects of the exercise on the concentric peak torque for the knee extensors (Effect size (ES) = -1.12; Confidence interval at 90% (CI90%): -2.17 to -0.06), the one leg 6 seconds sprint performance (ES=-1.65; CI90% = -2.51to -0.80) and the counter movement jump performance (ES = -0.56; CI90% = -0.81 to -0.32) in the 48h following the exercise. There was also a large effect of the exercise on the creatine kinase level 72h after the exercise in the control group (ES = 3.61; CI90%: 0.24 to 6.98). This decrease in muscle function and this elevation in creatine kinase indicate that the exercise implemented was efficient to induce muscle damage. Twenty four hours post-exercise, the reduction (from baseline) in sprint mean power output was moderately lower in the experimental condition (-1.77 ± 7.25%; 1277 ± 153W) in comparison with the placebo condition (-13.6 ± 13.0%; 1130 ± 241W) (Effect Size = -1.12; Confidence Interval 90%=-1.86 to -0.86). However, no other effect was found between the two conditions. Curcumin and piperine supplementation before and after exercise can attenuate some, but not all, aspects of muscle damage.

Key words: Anti-inflammatory, anti oxidant, team sport, nutrition


           Key Points
  • When the recovery period between competitions was short, a curcumin and piperine supplementation could be an effective recovery strategy to attenuate muscle damage through limiting some loss of muscle function.
  • The recovery in sprint mean power output was moderately faster in the condition where the players consumed curcumin and piperine rather than placebo. This supplementation did not have any effect on muscle soreness neither on blood concentration in creatine kinase.
 
 
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