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bicarbonate loadingA popular term for an ergogenic aid consisting of the administration of sodium bicarbonate before competing in short-duration, high-intensity sporting events and competitions, which is intended to neutralise lactic acid produced during anaerobic metabolism of muscles.
bicarbonate loadingSports medicine Administration of sodium bicarbonate before competing in a sports event, to neutralize lactic acid produced during anaerobic metabolism of muscles. Cf Carbohydrate loading, Phosphate loading.
The ingestion of sodium bicarbonate to neutralize excessive lactic acid produced in the muscles during exercise or to treat acidosis in chronic renal failure.
See also: loading