Tuesday, December 27, 2011

11 Sports Nutrition highlights in 2011

As 2011 comes to a close it’s time to look back on the year that was. 2011 was another busy year in sports nutrition research and practice, and here’s a selection of my top 11 findings, insights and resources from the sports nutrition world.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Highlights from the 2011 Sports Dietitians Australia Conference

Last Saturday Sports Dietitians Australia hosted their first ever stand-alone sports nutrition conference. Normally SDA combines with our sports science or sports medicine colleagues, but with no other conferences scheduled this year it was decided to go it alone. And what a great decision - the conference was one of the best I'd been to in a long time and over 150 delegates came to Melbourne for a day dedicated to sports nutrition research and practice. No international speakers this time,  but a bunch of new and interesting topics from our home-grown talent.

For those interested in the latest and greatest in sports nutrition research and practice, I've put together a quick summary of some of the sessions:

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sports Nutrition Strategies - Quantifying the Benefits

I've recently written another guest post for Cycling Tips, looking at the performance benefits of various nutrition strategies. Rather than re-publish it, just click here to go to the Cycling Tips site and view it there

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sports Supplements - Where do you get your info?

This is one of two guest posts that I've recently written for Cycling Tips. Rather than re-publish it, just click here to go to the Cycling Tips site and view it there. 

Nutrition & Muscle Cramps - What Does the Science Say?

This is one of two guest posts that I've recently written for Cycling Tips. Rather than re-publish it, just click here to go to the Cycling Tips site and view it there.

Hydration and fluid consumption during endurance exercise – Does it make a difference?

Way back in October last year I discussed the various factors that lead to fatigue during exercise and therefore limit performance. Since this blog has looked at the role of carbohydrate in preventing hypoglycaemia, and the role of buffering supplements in preventing rising blood acidity during high intensity exercise. This time we’ll turn to the role of hydration and sporting performance, and have a look at the science in this area.


Saturday, May 28, 2011

Buffers – Sodium Bicarbonate & Beta-alanine

In the last post I explained how increased blood acidity during high intensity or anaerobic exercise causes fatigue, as the brain works to prevent blood acidity becoming too high. Today let’s look at two potential nutrition strategies to buffer the rise in acidity and enhance high intensity performance –bicarbonate loading and beta-alanine.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Buffers – Reducing blood acidity benefits performance

Fatigue in the body can occur for various reasons. In a previous post I described a theory of fatigue where the brain unconsciously regulates your pace, to prevent anything harmful from occurring. I’ve discussed hypoglycaemia or “hitting the wall” as one of those harmful events, when the body's supply of carbohydrate is used up. In this post we’ll look at blood acidity during high intensity exercise, and the nutritional supplements that offer the potential to boost performance.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Carbohydrate During Endurance Exercise

So you’ve prepared well for your endurance event. You’ve carb loaded, you’re well hydrated and ready to go. But nutrition during the event will still play a big part in how well you’ll perform. The amount and type of carbohydrate you eat and drink during exercise is an important part of your race strategy, and in today’s post we’ll look at the latest research and what it tells us about it.