A study has outlined that dietary supplementation with sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) before an important athletic event can give a boost to performance.
A randomized, controlled trial found that those players who received the supplement showed no decline in skilled tennis performance after a simulated match.
The nine players in the study were randomly assigned to receive either bicarbonate or placebo drinks. They then took part in a tennis skills test before and after a simulated match.
The skills test measured the accuracy and consistency of service and forehand and backhand ground stroke to both sides of the court.