Probiotic supplements reduce infections in rugby players
Recent research, published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, has indicated that daily supplementation with a probiotic may be of benefit to highly trained rugby players.
The randomised placebo controlled study, carried out by the University of Otago in New Zealand, aimed to determine the effectiveness of probiotics on the number, duration and severity of infections amongst the elite union rugby players. The study was carried out on 30 high level rugby union players, who each randomly received either a daily probiotic supplement or placebo over a 4 week period, with the players keeping a diary of their symptoms. This was followed by a 4 week wash out period.
The results were positive, stating that 14 of the 30 participating rugby players supplementing with a probiotic experienced neither a respiratory tract nor gastrointestinal infection during the 4 week trial period. This compared to only 6 of the 30 who were taking the placebo supplementation. The difference in severity of symptoms between the two treatment groups held no significance.
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To conclude, the evidence suggests that daily supplementation with the trialled probiotic strains are beneficial to the health of rugby union players by reducing duration and frequency of infections, with potential health benefits for other sportsmen/women and athletes. Here at OptiBac Probiotics, we think this research is very encouraging as it is particularly problematic for sportsmen and women to take any time off training due to illness.
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Haywood BA, Black KE, Baker D, McGarvey J, Healey P & Brown RC (2013). Probiotic Supplementation reduces the duration and incidence of infections but not severity in elite rugby union players. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 2013 Aug 30.