The Dubs go into battle with Tyrone on Sunday and the winners will either be collecting four-in-a-row or their fourth All-Ireland ever.
Tyrone, a dominant force of the noughties are coming up against a Dublin side who have been so dominant over the last seven years.
Their first win on that stomping journey came in 2011, a match which Eamon Fennell came off the bench for to see Kerry off by one point.
Fennell and co-host Ross McConnell were chatting all things nutrition and performance with Dr. Brendan Egan on this week’s podcast.
Dr. Egan is Associate Professor of Sport and Exercise Physiology in the School of Health and Human Performance at Dublin City University and has worked with top teams across GAA and a range of other sports. Brendan played Intercounty football with Sligo for eleven years.
While discussing the role of supplements and caffeine and how it can play a part on a person’s performance, Fennell couldn’t help talk about “the crazy stuff” that was first introduced to him in the 2010/11 era.
Egan – Discussing caffeine gum:
“We did a test and there was performance benefits for those who took them but only if they didn’t consume too much caffeine during the week. If you’re above 2 cups a game, it wouldn’t have much affect. In the couple of days before the game, you should taper back the amount of coffee or tea you have in order to get the performance benefit if you use caffeine in a match.
“I remember when we first got the gum powder stuff, yeah it was crazy stuff. We used to put in like two scoops before an evening session and you’d be wired and you’d have a bit of a buzz and a bit of a kick to push on.
The caffeine talk starts in the podcast above around the 24 minute mark.
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