Pickle Juice Case Study

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Electrolyte and Plasma Responses After Ingestion of Pickle Juice in Hydrated Females
Adanna Cheek
Radford University Introduction Every physically active person knows how it feels to be in the middle of a sporting event or workout and suddenly experience a muscle cramp. These cramps are inhibiting and painful, as well as cause a decrease in performance. Exercise-associated muscle cramps, or EAMC, are defined as skeletal muscle cramps that occur during or directly after exercise (Miller et al., 2010). Over the years, athletes and trainers have proposed several treatments or “home remedies” to prevent EAMCs or quickly stop them once they have occurred. One of the most common of these EAMC prevention remedies is the drinking of pickle juice. Pickle juice is a salty, high sodium concentrated, acidic brine (Allen et al., 2013). Approximately 25% of Athletic Trainers have used pickle juice to treat EAMCs (Allen et al., 2013; McKenney et al., 2015; Miller, 2014). While the exact cause of EAMC is unknown, one common theory attributes its cause to exercising in hot, humid conditions and losing high concentrations of sodium through sweat (Allen et al., 2013; McKenney et al., 2015; Miller, 2014; Miller et al., 2010). Based on this theory the drinking of pickle juice, which contains high concentrations of sodium,
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A researcher would need to be able to: know how to test urine gravity; take blood samples from a participant; and how to examine the blood samples for changes in nutrient concentrations (sodium and potassium), changes in plasma volume, and changes in osmolality. Most of this would be far beyond the knowledge of a normal undergraduate student who does not possess specific training, but with assistance from someone who does possess this knowledge it would be possible for an undergraduate student to complete such a

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