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Bicarbonate Adds Fizz to Players' Tennis Performance

Taking sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) as a dietary supplement on the morning of a tennis match allows athletes to maintain their edge over the long haul. After a simulated match, players who received the supplement showed no decline in performance.

Researchers found that sodium bicarbonate supplementation can prevent the fatigue-induced decline often experienced by skilled tennis players.

According to Science Daily:

“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.”

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