During July, staff at Canadian Sport Institute Pacific’s Victoria campus stepped forward as participants in a pilot project, examining the effect of sodium bicarbonate in athletes.
The study was orchestrated locally by Canadian Sport Institute Pacific’s Nutrition Lead Susan Boegman, in collaboration with Jason Siegler from Western Sydney University. The Institute’s Elissa Alairie, Lindsay Jennerich, Wendy Pethick and Noah Wheelock all volunteered to take part in the study.
The goal of the study was to find out whether taking sodium bicarbonate prior to competition would increase an athlete’s natural body bicarbonate level. If so, the goal is to see when the optimal time before competition sodium bicarbonate should be taken to maximize performance.
Still in its initial stages, the study is providing interesting results in both hemispheres that may well aid Canada’s national athletes in the future.
Check out the video below for a video detailing Noah’s experience during the study.