09:04am Thursday 19 October 2017

What should athletes eat for optimum performance?

Among the expert speakers is New Zealand’s FIFA U-20 World Cup sport scientist and Massey University lecturer Dr Andrew Foskett.

Dr Foskett is currently in camp with the New Zealand U-20 squad as they prepare for the start of the tournament on May 30. A total of 24 national teams are competing in the FIFA U-20 World Cup across New Zealand.

“Nutrition is an essential component of good sports performance, and fueling teenaged bodies is always a challenge. If we can establish good habits early, athletes can create an edge that will stand them in good stead as they age,” says symposium speaker and nutrition lecturer Dr Pam von Hurst.

Black Stick Samantha Charlton will also be interviewed at the symposium on life as a student athlete.

The Nutrition for Exercise and Performance symposium takes a multidisciplinary approach to the latest nutrition research and brings together top nutrition experts from a range of sports in Australasia, including Dr Gary Slater from the Australian Rugby Union, Associate Professor Ben Desbrow from Griffith University in Queensland, and Tanya Hamilton, Christel Dunshea-Mooij and Dane Baker from High Performance Sport New Zealand. As well as Dr Foskett, Massey University nutrition and sport science presenters include Dr Kathryn Beck and sport psychology lecturer Warrick Wood.

Symposium organiser Owen Mugridge says hosting the event on a Saturday enables a wider range of people to attend.

“This symposium is aimed at all those people involved in research and academia, youth coaching and high school physical education, pharmacy, nutrition and wellness, and those with interests in supplementation and caffeine in performance.

The Osteopathic Council is also supporting this event with 6.5 CPD points.

Although there is an emphasis on teenaged athletes, topics covered include supplementation, caffeine, high performance team and individual nutrition, and hydration for all athletes. Identifying the psychological barriers to good nutrition in teens, and practical tips for teenaged athletes and their teams will also be covered.

“We’ve tried to keep costs down, so the earlybird pricing still stands, and there’s student pricing for students of Massey University as well as students from other institutions. We emphasise the balance between the latest research and evidence-based, practical recommendations throughout the day. It’s also a great opportunity for delegates to connect and make some important contacts,” says Mr Mugridge.

The symposium is part of an ongoing series hosted by Massey University, with the next symposia aimed at allergies and intolerances, and a two-part series on early life nutrition for the first 1000 days of life.

For more information or to register, visit the website.

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