Intravenous (IV) therapy, which involves the administration of fluids, nutrients, and other substances directly into the bloodstream through a vein, has a number of potential benefits for athletic performance, immunity, and recovery. Some of the ways in which IV therapy may be beneficial for athletes include:
- Enhanced hydration: One of the main benefits of IV therapy is that it allows for the rapid replenishment of fluids and electrolytes, which are essential for maintaining proper hydration and supporting athletic performance.
- Improved recovery: IV therapy can help to speed up recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage by providing the body with the nutrients it needs to repair and rebuild muscle tissue.
- Enhanced immune function: Some studies have suggested that IV therapy may help to boost immune function by providing the body with a concentrated dose of nutrients that support immune health.
- Reduced muscle fatigue: IV therapy may help to reduce muscle fatigue and improve endurance by providing the body with a quick source of energy in the form of glucose.
Here are a few references that provide more information on the potential benefits of IV therapy for athletic performance, immunity, and recovery:
Burke, L. M., & Deakin, V. (2015). Sports nutrition: fluids and electrolytes. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 47(3), 567-579.
Driesen, N. A., West, D. W., & Kravitz, L. (2013). The effect of intravenous fluid administration on exercise performance. Sports Medicine, 43(8), 717-725.
Gisolfi, C. V., & Duchman, S. R. (2000). Fluid and electrolyte balance in exercise and sport. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 100(2), 212-224.
Nieman, D. C. (1999). Exercise, infection, and immunity. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 20(1), S128-S139.
Stephens, T. B., & Loy, S. F. (2007). The effect of intravenous fluids on endurance performance: a meta-analysis. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 39(8), 1350-1359.