Sports Nutrition

The Sports Nutrition Course is hosted by the Sports Dietitians Australia (SDA) & the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).

Recently having completed this course in Canberra, I found it was an incredible opportunity to learn from leading Accredited Sports Dietitians. Lecturers included Dr Greg Cox, Greg Shaw, Dr Helen O’Connor, Alison Patterson, Prof David Pyne, Reid Reale and Dr Gary Slater, all of whom have highly developed specialist skills in providing nutritional supports to elite athletes across all sports.

Nutrition can greatly affect sport performance outcomes. The coordination of various metabolic systems, supply of oxygen and substrates to contracting skeletal muscle, removal of metabolic waste products and heat, and the maintenance of fluid and electrolytes are all physiological considerations when assessing nutritional requirements.

Other considerations that can impact on the physiological demands on the body include: the size, gender, level of training, fitness and psyche of the athlete, the type of sport, training and competition duration, topography of the course, style of the race, intensity, temperature and humidity.

If you are looking to optimise your performance, whether it be playing school sports, as a personal trainer at a gym, a professional AFL or rugby union player, a team player on the district women’s football/netball team, a mixed martial arts fighter, a triathlete, a ballet dancer, a light weight rower, swimmer, golfer or soccer star… or any other sporting endeavour then consider your fuel.

If you are serious about sports, get serious about your nutrition and see an Accredited Sports Dietitian.

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