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Summarized by Rosemary Pollock

BYU's Football Team Spreads Gospel of Pickle Juice

PROVO, UTAH -- Brigham Young University head football trainer, George Curtis, believes in the power of the pickle. Players are now drinking a dixie cup of the green liquid to keep from cramping and getting dehydrated. "We know Napoleon gave pickles to his troops, Antony and Cleopatra liked pickles." There's just something about them," said Curtis.

Illinois State trainer Kathy Schniedwind, claims that they had nothing to loose but the cramps. "It's not tasty at all," winces Illinois defensive lineman Tejuan Hartley. "But I guess if it helps and it keeps me from cramping, I'll drink it." Hartley, a.k.a. "the chronic cramper," and his teammates drink up to10 gallons of the pickle juice for every away game. BYU trainer Curtis admits that while on the road he asks hotels to donate any leftover juice they have.

No one knows exactly why the home remedy works but Dr. Kenneth Knight, a BYU professor of sports medicine warns, "pickle juice is no poor man's Gatorade - it should be used as a supplement and not an replacement for water and regular sports drinks." Trainers hypothesize that the vinegar may aid in salt retention or the fact that pickle juice is acetic, rather than the citric acid found in most popular drinks. However, the proof is in the pickle.


Football Players Discover the Benefits of Pickle Juice
Fox News 14Sep00 S3
By Ursula Owre Masterson

BYU FOOTBALL NOTES: Pregame Pickle Prevention Pays Off Perfectly
Salt Lake Tribune 7Sep00 S3
By Patrick Kinahan: Salt Lake Tribune

Pickle Juice
NPR All Things Considered 8Sep00 S3


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