Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2016

Document Type

Thesis

Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors

Department

Integrative Physiology

First Advisor

David Sherwood

Second Advisor

Kenneth Wright

Third Advisor

Karen Ramirez

Abstract

Caffeine (CAF) is known for its central nervous system (CNS) stimulating function by acting as an adenosine receptor antagonist, but it also has some ergogenic effects. That is, CAF has implications in enhancing physical performance and endurance10. CAF has been shown to alter skeletal muscle contractions by opening of calcium ion channels19. There is also some evidence that suggests that CAF affects rate of relaxation of the skeletal muscles2. To further understand how caffeine affects humans in our daily living activities, the effects of CAF on dynamic and static balance were investigated. With the consumption of CAF, it can be assumed that there will be improvement in balance and motor control due to increase in force and duration of skeletal muscle contraction in the muscles being used for balance.

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