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MEASURING MUSCLE BURN

Biloine W. Young • Tue, January 24th, 2017

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The University of Colorado at Boulder has developed a noninvasive way for athletes to measure their muscle energy content. The item is a device that measures muscle glycogen to reveal muscle depletion.

Glycogen is a form of energy stored in muscles that is required for optimal athletic performance, according to Denverite writer Chloe Aiello. The device, which consists of an ultrasound wand, bounces sound waves off muscles to measure their water content. The more water, the more glycogen there is in the muscle. The device is now licensed to MuscleSound, a Denver, Colorado company. Until recently and until this development, the only way to determine glycogen levels was though a surgical biopsy.