Post match report
The Sport and Exercise Nutrition Showcase returned on Friday 11 May 2018 and it didn't disappoint.
Our aim was to discuss the next generation of sport nutrition and with the support of the amazing speakers, we enjoyed a day filled with engaging up to date practical and research content. 130 sport and exercise nutrition practitioners, dietitians and students engaged and networked throughout the day making this our best showcase to date!
We moved away from a traditional format and added the bite-sized nutrition session, we also hosted a problem-based learning workshop. There were three scenario's put forward to be discussed, each person had the chance to discuss and debate how the scenario should be approached in practice.
We brought together the sport nutrition community from the experienced practitioner, those emerging in the field plus researchers and students to network, debate and discuss and with such a varied audience we hope everyone felt part of the day.
We heard some amazing speakers throughout the day, kicking off with Asker Jeukendrup, SENr Practitioner member who provided an insight on individualised nutrition from both a practitioner and athlete point of view. Every athlete is different, there is not one perfect diet for every athlete and there are many factors that contribute to this he also discussed the toolbox of a sports nutritionist.
Next in the line-up was Professor Kieran Clarke on exogenous ketones for performance and recovery. She gave an insight on the research into ketones including research on British elite athletes, where we are now and what the future might be using ketones for both medical conditions and in sport.
Ian Rollo, SENr Practitioner member spoke on hydration, should we recommend drinking to thirst or to guidelines ... a sometimes-taboo subject, Ian gave an overview of the current recommendations and how these can difference across athletes and sports - running to a team sport. He gave some take homes thoughts - personalise a drinking strategy, practice in training, performance outcome.
Next in the ring was Dr Alun Williams on DNA testing for personalised nutrition – revolution or fabrication? Alun presented his ongoing research in the field. He discussed genetics in sport and exercise in the present is mainly based on environment, we know a little about genetics, there is some evidence emerging but a majority is still unknown as research continues to prove revolution or fabrication.
The session hosted the BDA Sports Nutrition Specialist Group focused on gut health, we heard from Dr Orla O’Sullivan on the diet, exercise and gut microbiota paradigm, she presented the research currently being undertaken with Irish athletes, with Athmet looking at microbiome differences in elite athletes and BMI-match controls, Exmet on the impact of exercise on microbiome in non athletes and Olympicmet on the microbiome in the Irish Olympic team. Yvonne McKenzie RD provided the audience with the insight into the use of a low FODMAP diet and whether this could manage exercise-associated gut symptoms. She gave a breakdown of the FODMAP diet and presented three case studies on Low FODMAP Diet to Combat Exercise-Induced GI Symptoms; Low FODMAP Diet and Diarrhoea and Low FODMAP Diet and GI Symptoms.
Want to know more about the speakers.
There were high hopes for the bite-sized nutrition session and they didn't disappoint. Ten SENr registrant members put themselves forward for this enduring task. They were each given five minutes to engage the audience in a sport and exercise nutrition related topic of their choice using 20 slides, displayed for 15 seconds each. The speakers and audience embraced the session and we are looking forward to its return next year. We will be releasing the talks to registrant members, and would like to thank each of them for agreeing to be part of this new, engaging and exciting experience - well done all!
- The challenges of an academic practitioner with Dr Graeme Close, Liverpool John Moores University
- Nutrition for bowls - maximising potential for the gold coast with Chris Cashin
- Why you are what you eat! with Professor Kieran Clarke
- Do we know how to feed the full-time youth athlete? with Marcus Hannon
- A periodised carbohydrate intervention in a Race Walker: a case study focussing on the practicalities of translating research into practice in an endurance athlete with Felicity Hares, Sport Wales
- Future of sport nutrition with Asker Jeukendrup
- Real-world kitchen issues for millennial athletes with Laura Mahony, Connacht Rugby
- Olympic Lessons with Mike Naylor, EiS
- Food waste in sport nutrition with Ian Rollo
- DNA testing will become as common as (and probably more common than) assessing body composition - utopia or dystopia? with Alun Williams
SENr Recognition Awards
To close the fantastic day, the Patron of SENr Lady Dr Ann Redgrave presented the 2018 SENr recognition awards.
Professor Clyde Williams OBE Award, sponsored by Informed Sport
Awarded to Daniel Martin, SENr Practitioner Member, PhD Researcher & Performance Nutritionist, Liverpool John Moores University.
About the Award - Professor Clyde Williams was Chair of the Board of the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) from 2006 to 2015. He was instrumental to the conceptualisation of the Register from the outset. Clyde championed and developed the SENr vision of bringing highly qualified Sports Dietitians and Sports Nutritionists together under one voluntary register, to demonstrate their academic and practical skills and ability – setting them above those who stake claim to such titles without the evidence to support this.
As a mark of the considerable Professional contributions that Clyde continues to make to Sport and Exercise Nutrition an award in his name was created in 2016 to recognise the impact of researchers, educationalists and practitioners in this field.
SENr Graduate Award, sponsored by Birmingham City University and Ulster University
Awarded to Andreas Kasper, SENr Graduate Member, currently completed his PhD at Liverpool John Moores University.
About the Award - New for 2018, developed to recognise an individual new to the sector whose work is demonstrating professional impact and a one to watch. The award was open to ALL SENr graduate registrants.
Due to the level of applications it was decided not to present the SENr Practitioner Award, sponsored by FrieslandCampina Institute and SENr Award for Innovation (Media & Industry) - Award sponsor to by NSF International - Certified for Sport® for 2018. We have already started planning the 2019 awards.
Profiles of the winners will be featured in the SENr Newsletter and Dietetics Today.