Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

First Committee Member

Lawrence A. Golding

Number of Pages



An animal model was used to determine the effect of dietary creatine supplementation on compensatory muscular hypertrophy and electrically stimulated performance of those muscles. Thirty-six rats were divided evenly into six groups. Two groups were surgical controls, two groups had the tibialis anterior ablated, to hypertrophy the extensor digitorum longus (EDL), and two groups the gastrocnemius and the plantaris ablated, to hypertrophy the soleus. One of each of these groups had their diet supplemented with creatine monohydrate. The size of the EDL and soleus were measured following surgical removal of the synergistic muscle and a 5-week supplementation period. Peak force, total tension over two 30 second intervals and time to one-half peak force were measured from the electrically stimulated muscle. Results indicated no difference in muscle size, peak force or tension due to the supplement. Time to one-half fatigue was increased in hypertrophied, non-supplemented soleus muscle.


Characteristics; Compensatory; Creatine; Dietary; Effects; Fiber; Hypertrophy; Muscle; Performance; Specific; Supplementation; Types

Controlled Subject

Nutrition; Physiology

File Format


File Size

2.51 MB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




If you are the rightful copyright holder of this dissertation or thesis and wish to have the full text removed from Digital Scholarship@UNLV, please submit a request to and include clear identification of the work, preferably with URL.