The 2015 NBA Finals breakout star has been the Cleveland Cavaliers, Matthew Dellavedova.  The dude from Australia could probably run for mayor right now in Cleveland and be elected.

One fact that has been brought up about Dellavedova is his pre-game ritual.  An hour before every game he will drink a cup of coffee.  He drinks it black.  He doesn’t add any cream, any sugar, nothing.

Some people were kind of shocked to learn this, but I don’t know why.  Athletes have been using caffeine for years to give them an edge in sports.  In fact, there have been a lot of studies done on the subject.  I personally will drink Advocare’s Spark before all my workouts because I think the added caffeine helps prep me for them.

Here are some of the biggest reasons why caffeine can help you with your athletic performance or workout:

  • Increased Performance – It has been reported that caffeine can be a powerful ergogenic aid.  Studies suggest that it can increase power output and people can workout longer.  So for an athlete like Matthew Dellavedova, this speaks volumes to the intensity that he can maintain all the way through to the end of the game.
  • Improves Mental Focus – Caffeine helps the athlete be more aware and focused on the tasks at hand for a longer period of time.  This is obviously important for the athlete throughout the game because one mental error could be the reason a team loses.
  • Muscle Preservation – Researchers have found that caffeine can help preserve fitness, which would in turn decrease muscle pain as a result of exercise or a competition.  Consequently, the athlete could work harder for a longer period of time before muscle breakdown.
  • More Muscle Fuel – Studies have shown that a carbohydrates/caffeine combination taken before, but probably more effectively after a workout can really help with your muscle fuel reserves.  You can stockpile more glycogen which the muscles call on for fuel for power movements and can be beneficial for endurance sports.  The more fuel you have in your reserves, the better you can perform.

I’m not a big coffee drinker.  In fact, I don’t drink any coffee at all, but I do get caffeine in my body before and after a workout.  I’m not saying go to your local sell-out coffee shop and get some frapiccino whatever they are called.  But it might be worth experimenting what a little caffeine can do for your performance.

If it is good enough for Matthew Dellavedova playing at the highest level professionally and making life miserable for Stephen Curry, then maybe it is good enough for your athlete.