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Sodium bicarbonate ingestion improves Yo-Yo intermittent recovery test 1 performance: a randomized crossover trial

Authors Dixon H, Baker CE, Baker JS, Dewhurst S, Hayes LD

Received 8 January 2017

Accepted for publication 21 March 2017

Published 28 April 2017 Volume 2017:9 Pages 23—27


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Gary Johanning

Helen Dixon,1 Catherine E Baker,2 Julien S Baker,3 Susan Dewhurst,4 Lawrence D Hayes4

1School of Human Sciences, London Metropolitan University, London, 2English Institute of Sport, Bisham Abbey National Sports Center, Buckinghamshire, 3Institute of Clinical Exercise and Health Science, University of the West of Scotland, Hamilton, 4Department of Medical and Sport Sciences, University of Cumbria, Lancaster, UK

Abstract: This study investigated the effect of sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) ingestion on the Yo-Yo intermittent recovery test 1 (IR1). We tested the hypothesis that acute ingestion of NaHCO3 would increase blood lactate concentrations [BLa], enhance performance, and reduce rating of perceived exertion (RPE) in the Yo-Yo IR1. Eight recreationally active males (N=8, age: 26±4 yr, height: 178±6 cm, body mass: 82±10 kg) participated in the Yo-Yo IR1 on two separate occasions, separated by 1 wk, in a randomized crossover design. Following familiarization, during seated rest, participants’ pretest [BLa] was taken, and participants then consumed either a placebo of 0.3 g·kg–1 body weight sodium chloride or 0.3 g·kg–1 body weight NaHCO3. Sixty minutes postingestion, a standardized warm-up preceded the Yo-Yo IR1. Upon completion, postexercise [BLa] (mmol·L–1), RPE (arbitrary units) and Yo-Yo IR1 time to fatigue (s) were recorded. Paired t-test revealed a small but significant improvement in Yo-Yo IR1 performance under the NaHCO3 condition (610±267 sec), compared to the placebo condition (556±259 sec; p=0.01; Cohen’s d=0.20). [BLa] increased more under the NaHCO3 condition (1.6±0.7 to 17.5±5.2 mmol·L–1; p<0.001; Cohen’s d=4.29), compared to the placebo condition (2.0±0.7 to 11.5±5.0 mmol·L–1; p=0.001; Cohen’s d=2.66). Postexercise RPE was not significantly different between conditions. The results of this study suggest that acute NaHCO3 ingestion improves Yo-Yo IR1 performance without altering RPE, likely through an increased lactate efflux, demonstrated by increased [BLa].

Keywords: alkalosis, anaerobic, blood lactate, ergogenic aid, performance, repeated sprints

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