Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports

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Edited By: Stephen Harridge

Impact Factor: 2.896

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 11/81 (Sport Sciences)

Online ISSN: 1600-0838

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Effects of oral salt supplementation on physical performance during a half-ironman: A randomized controlled trial

During endurance competitions, particularly in hot environments, athletes often struggle to match fluid ingestion to sweat losses as they try to minimize the negative effects of dehydration. In this paper, Del Coso and co-workers studied the effectiveness of salt supplementation in a double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel/randomized experimental design study. Importantly, from a “real life” perspective this was set within a competitive half-ironman triathlon. Twenty-six experienced triathletes were assigned to receive either salt or placebo capsules which they ingested both before and during the completion. Salt ingestion was associated with better rehydration (with an average of 0.4L more ad libitum water consumption) and also higher post-race serum Na+ and Cl− concentrations compared to placebo. Most importantly from a competitive point of view, triathlon performance was improved as evidenced by the significantly lower race times in the salt group compared to the placebo.

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The December issue marks 25 years of the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Sciences in Sports. It is also its final printed issue as from 2016 it will published monthly as an online only journal. Appropriately, this issue features two special supplements. The first is the proceedings of the Saltin Symposium: Exercise and Integrative Physiology which was held in Copenhagen earlier this year to celebrate the life and work of Professor Bengt Saltin, the first editor of SJMSS. The second is Bengt’s final review, co-written with Bente Pedersen on Exercise as Medicine. We hope that this issue serves as both a celebration of 25 years of SJMSS and a fitting tribute to Bengt Saltin’s outstanding contribution to exercise science and medicine.

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