How to Fuel and Athlete

How to Fuel and Athlete

Sports
When working with elite athletes, it is not only about eating a healthy balanced diet. Don’t get me wrong of course that is important, but it is equally if not more important the advice you provide considers one main thing – performance! What does that mean? It means optimising intake to ensure your athlete has fuelled and recovered appropriately for their training requirements. An athlete’s requirements could be considered abnormal when you compare them to the general population. After all, an athlete can train for 4 to 8 hours per day, compared to the average person who may struggle to exercise that much in a week! For this reason, it is important recommendations are being made which consider the individual athlete and what their training and performance requirements are. Having…
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Lisa Middleton Q & A

Lisa Middleton Q & A

Other, Sports
Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your career? I work predominantly in sports nutrition and I basically became interested in it just from my own personal interest in sport. I did a lot of sport when I was younger and was just interested in the link between what you ate and how that affected performance. I used to experiment with my own diet and was enthusiastic about learning more. When I was in early high school, probably Year 8 or Year 9, I decided I wanted to work as a sports dietitian. I headed down that path, did a human movement degree at Deakin, and then did dietetics after that and got into nutrition from there. I was unemployed for a little while after I…
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Jessica Spendlove Q & A

Jessica Spendlove Q & A

Other, Sports
Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your career? I grew up in Sydney and did a lot of sport when I was younger, particularly swimming, that was my sport of choice. There were many hours in the pool and lots of training before and after school. While I was Swimming, I actually saw a sports dietitian, Helen O’Connor, and it was at that point I thought, “This nutrition thing is pretty interesting, maybe that’s what I want to do with myself.” By the time I finished high school, I was really interested in sports nutrition and decided that’s what I wanted to do. I went to Wollongong University and did my undergraduate there, which was a Bachelor of Science in nutrition. When I finished that,…
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Simone Austin Q & A

Simone Austin Q & A

Other, Sports
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your career? I always wanted to work in sports nutrition and community nutrition. After graduation, I started working at a community health centre and then shortly after, part-time at the Western Bulldogs AFL club. So, I was doing what I wanted. And then, to cut a long story short because it’s been 23 years, I increased my sports work when my son was born. It’s been nearly 18 years! The next thing I did was work with the Australian cricket team part-time for seven years. I have always done some private practice and some form of presenting throughout. For the past nine years, I have been working at Hawthorn Football Club. I’ve seen three premierships there and during that time…
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Train Hard, Smart or Specific

Train Hard, Smart or Specific

Sports
Calling all marathon runners, long distance swimmers and other endurance athletes! For a long time, high carbohydrate consumption and blanket recommendations have been part of endurance sports nutrition practice. However, recent research has shown we need to think more carefully about the way we prescribe carbohydrates to endurance athletes. Train Hard We’ve all heard of carb loading- filling up on pasta and bread before a big race or competition. Carb loading and other standard carbohydrate recommendations are centred around providing adequate fuel for training. The purpose of carbohydrate loading, before training or competition, is to increase muscle glycogen stores, which, fuel exercise. Glycogen, however, is a fleeting source and once it runs out, we ‘hit the wall’. This is when the body is forced to switch from primarily carbohydrate fuel…
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Creatine and How It Will Help You Smash Your Fitness Goals

Creatine and How It Will Help You Smash Your Fitness Goals

Sports
The world of sport is a very competitive place. Athletes are forever searching for that little something extra to give them an edge. A common supplement used for this very purpose is Creatine. Creatine is a compound synthesised from the two amino acids (protein constituents) guanidine and arginine. It is thought to improve early stages of physical performance, power capacity, muscle growth and endurance capacity. Since significant research and promising evidence surrounds creatine, it is classified as an ergogenic (performance enhancing) aid. Its’ sporting applications are why companies get away with selling the supplemental powder form at $30 a tub. However, it also occurs naturally in the flesh of animals, and can therefore be obtained in the diet. This begs the question; why would anyone fork out for the supplement…
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The low down on Caffeine and Sports performance

The low down on Caffeine and Sports performance

Sports
From those Saturday night Jager bombs to a humble cup of tea, caffeine can be found in a huge range of commonly consumed beverages (and foods), and it’s no secret that it delivers a sometimes much-needed energy hit. Not as common knowledge however, is the way you could be using this chemical compound to enhance your athletic performance… A member of the methylxanthines family, caffeine is derived from a range of nuts, seeds and leaves and acts as an adenosine receptor antagonist throughout the body (i.e. it increases production of adrenaline, pushing your body into that “fight or flight” mode that helped us escape tigers back in the Paleolithic days). Over recent years, caffeine has been shown to enhance athletic performance, with the bulk of these benefits thought to be…
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