The effects of collagen peptides on muscle damage, inflammation and bone turnover following exercise: A randomized, controlled trial

Tom Clifford (Lead Author), Matthew Ventress, Dean M. Allerton, Sarah Stansfield, Jonathan C. Y. Tang, William Fraser, Barbara Vanhoecke, Janne Prawitt, Emma Stevenson

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This study examined whether consuming collagen peptides (CP) before and after strenuous exercise alters markers of muscle damage, inflammation and bone turnover. Using a double-blind, independent group’s design, 24 recreationally active males consumed either 20 g day−1 of CP or a placebo control (CON) for 7 days before and 2 days after performing 150 drop jumps. Maximal isometric voluntary contractions, countermovement jumps (CMJ), muscle soreness (200 mm visual analogue scale), pressure pain threshold, Brief Assessment of Mood Adapted (BAM +) and a range of blood markers associated with muscle damage, inflammation and bone turnover C-terminal telopeptide of type 1 collagen (β-CTX) and N-terminal propeptides of type 1 pro-collagen (P1NP) were measured before supplementation (baseline; BL), pre, post, 1.5, 24 and 48 h post-exercise. Muscle soreness was not significantly different in CP and CON (P = 0.071) but a large effect size was evident at 48 h postexercise, indicative of lower soreness in the CP group (90.42 ± 45.33 mm vs. CON 125.67 ± 36.50 mm; ES = 2.64). CMJ height recovered quicker with CP than CON at 48 h (P = 0.050; CP 89.96 ± 12.85 vs. CON 78.67 ± 14.41% of baseline values; ES = 0.55). There were no statistically significant effects for the other dependent variables (P > 0.05). β-CTX and P1NP were unaffected by CP supplementation (P > 0.05). In conclusion, CP had moderate benefits for the recovery of CMJ and muscle soreness but had no influence on inflammation and bone collagen synthesis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)691-704
JournalAmino Acids
Issue number4
Early online date19 Feb 2019
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019


  • Muscle soreness
  • Exercise recovery
  • Collagen
  • Hydrolyzed collagen
  • Bone turnover
  • Inflammation

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