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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014, Article ID 145747, 8 pages
Research Article

Repeated High Intensity Bouts with Long Recovery: Are Bicarbonate or Carbohydrate Supplements an Option?

1Department of Sport Science and Kinesiology, University of Salzburg, Schlossallee 49, 5400 Hallein/Rif, Austria
2Swedish Winter Sports Research Centre, Department of Health Sciences, Mid-Sweden University, Studentplan 4, 83140 Östersund, Sweden
3Department of Physical Education, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, C/Juan de Quesada, No. 30 35001 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
4Gazi University School of Physical Education and Sports, Gazi University, Teknikokullar, 06500 Ankara, Turkey
5Department of Health Science, Faculty of Psychological and Physical Science, Aichi Gakuin University, 12 Araike, Iwasaki-cho, Nisshin, Aichi 470-0915, Japan

Received 28 July 2014; Accepted 25 September 2014; Published 10 November 2014

Academic Editor: David C. Gaze

Copyright © 2014 Thomas Stöggl et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The effects of varying recovery modes and the influence of preexercise sodium bicarbonate and carbohydrate ingestion on repeated high intensity performance, acid-base response, and recovery were analyzed in 12 well-trained males. They completed three repeated high intensity running bouts to exhaustion with intervening recovery periods of 25 min under the following conditions: sodium bicarbonate, active recovery (BIC); carbohydrate ingestion, active recovery (CHO); placebo ingestion, active recovery (ACTIVE); placebo ingestion, passive recovery (PASSIVE). Blood lactate (BLa), blood gases, heart rate, and time to exhaustion were collected. The three high intensity bouts had a duration of , and  s demonstrating a decrease from bout 1 to bout 3. Supplementation strategy had no effect on performance in the first bout, even with differences in pH and bicarbonate (HC). Repeated sprint performance was not affected by supplementation strategy when compared to ACTIVE, while PASSIVE resulted in a more pronounced decrease in performance compared with all other interventions. BIC led to greater BLa, pH, and HC values compared with all other interventions, while for PASSIVE the opposite was found. BLa recovery was lowest in PASSIVE; recovery in pH, and HC was lower in PASSIVE and higher in BIC.