• Researchers often encounter issues while attempting to deliver complete doses of a desired supplement/placebo when conducting research in outdoor environments. The problem faced by our research team was how to efficiently deliver 6.4 grams of Beta Alanine (BA) powder to subjects while conducting a hiking study on a windy trail in Southern Utah. To minimize the potential impact of the weather, and to maximize the efficiency of delivery, we determined a premixed bolus of BA contained in individual commercially available 8oz water bottles was the most efficient delivery method. The purpose of this article is to detail the development and implementation of this method.
  • Point of Application 1: Testing solubility, and efficacy of dissolved BA
  • Point of Application 2: Producing a large volume of pre-mixed supplement-bottles and placebo-bottles
  • Point of Application 3: On site administration of supplement and placebo