Various reviews of the scientific literature over recent decades of the efficacy of oral sodium bicarbonate ingestion on exercise performance suggest a small positive influence (~2 to 3%) on performance. However, bicarbonate ingestion is not popular with athletes prior to major competitions; as well as interfering with usual warm up routines, digestive tract and other discomfort may be experienced. Here we investigate whether there is any performance effect of application of a bicarbonate lotion directly massaged onto the skin around the working muscles; a procedure most acceptable to athletes.
|Short title||The effect of a bicarbonate lotion massage|
|Effective start/end date||19/06/20 → 30/06/21|