Friday, June 14, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
Endurance sports take many forms, which is why it's so interesting to work with endurance athletes from a nutrition perspective. The general aims are more or less the same, but the practical reality of each event type creates enormous diversity in how those basic nutiritonal goals are executed. And at the extreme end of the practicality scale lies the Marathon des Sables - a multi-day, multi-stage foot race across the Sahara in Morocco.
Image Source: Marathon des Sables Facebook page
Sunday, April 7, 2013
So to follow up from my post on New Year’s Eve in 2011, I decided to put together a summary of 2012, as far as sports nutrition research, insights or other news is concerned. 2012 did not see quite the quantity and depth in sports nutrition research publications as we had in 2011, but there’s still plenty to talk about. Rather than choose 12 for 2012 (as I chose 11 for 2011), instead I’ve capped it at 10, and will endeavour to continue with the top 10 each year moving forward.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
In the last post we looked at the first two of Professor Tim Noakes' main arguments in his recent ESSA/SDA Conference presentation. In Part Two we'll examine the remaining arguments. I'll also draw my own conclusions from having read through the research on hydration and performance, and identify the areas which I feel we still don't have a full understanding.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
As mentioned in the last post the recent ESSA/SDA Conference featured many memorable presentations in the sports nutrition field, but probably the most talked about was from Professor Tim Noakes. You may have heard of Tim from his books such as The Lore of Running and Waterlogged, or may be aware of his outspoken stance on hydration science. I’ve read the majority of Tim’s studies over the past few years, but it was the first time I’ve had the chance to see him present it all in one journey. To do this topic justice I’ve decided to review Tim’s presentation and arguments over two separate posts.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Last weekend several hundred of the country’s top exercise & sports scientists and sports dietitians gathered on the Gold Coast for the Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and Sports Dietitians Australia (SDA) conference. There was a great range of speakers on a variety of topics, and here I thought I’d highlight some of those presentations and posters in the sports nutrition area.
Monday, April 9, 2012
Anyone involved in endurance sports (especially cycling) will no doubt be aware of the massive coffee culture. It’s what keeps so many cafes in Melbourne in business. To an outsider, the first question that springs to mind is “why do they do it?” No doubt the café is a big part of cycling culture, and is as much social as anything else. But what about the effect of caffeine on endurance performance? With caffeinated gels, sports drinks, tablets, energy drinks and of course coffee available to an athlete, let’s look at the science behind caffeine and performance.