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Food for Sport: Science into Practice

29 October 2011


The Nutrition Society invites you to 'Food for Sport: Science into Practice'  bringing you highlights of sports nutrition research and top tips on how carbs, protein and fluids can be used to improve sporting performance.

When: Tuesday 1st November 2011

Where: Studio, Surrey Sports Park, Guildford

Event time: 18.30 – 20.00

Drinks reception: join us for a drink from 18.00

This is an opportunity to get the expert opinion on sports nutrition and to ask them your questions.

Speakers and talk summaries:

  • Tamsin Greenaway, Captain of Surrey Storm, and England netball player

Why nutrition is so important in helping her perform at her best.

  • Dr Stuart Galloway, leading researcher on health and exercise sciences at the University of Stirling, Scotland.  Stuart’s work focuses on carbohydrate and fat metabolism during exercise, and has looked at the effect of supplementing with L-carnitine and taurine on metabolism and exercise performance.

    Dietary advice given to athletes seems to vary between one magazine article and the next, and is often very different from the healthy eating messages the rest of the population are advised to follow. But why is this?  Stuart will give an overview of the science behind sports nutrition advice, highlighting some early studies that had a big impact on recommendations given to athletes relating to carbohydrates, protein, fluid and fat intake, right through to today’s cutting edge research, including some of the bumps in-between that have led to changes in advice. Current research is pushing forward our understanding of nutrition for training and how the right nutrition advice can improve recovery, training and overall sporting performance.
  • Dr Sarah Schenker, sports dietitian and registered public health nutritionist.  Sarah works with a number of sports teams including Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea football clubs, andindividual athletes.  She also has a regular article in Men’s Fitness magazine and writes for Triathlete’s World.

Most people know that when you exercise or play sport you need to drink more, but drink more what? More water? Sports drink? Energy drink? And what aboutmeals? Should you eat before going to the gym, or afterwards? And what about using protein powders? Or energy bars? Sarah’s talk will aim to answer all these confusing questions and more as she delivers some practical advice about which foods and drinks can actually benefit performance and which are nothing more than clever marketing. Sarah will translate the up-to-date scientific knowledge into real food advice that everyone can follow and give you a taste of a professional athlete’s diet – what they should eat, what they actually eat and the consequences on their performance. 

If you have any queries or would like more information, please email Sarah James YOURnutrition@nutsoc.org.uk