SPORT NUTRITION IN AN INTERDISCIPLINARY SPORT SCIENCE SUPPORT PROGRAM: A FOCUS UPON INJURY

Graeme Close

PROFESSOR GRAEME L. CLOSE

Professor of Human Physiology, LJMU

Head of Performance Nutrition, England Rugby

Head of Performance Nutrition, The European Tour Golf and European Ryder Cup Team

Despite sport nutrition being a fundamental component of athletic performance, the discipline of sport nutrition is relatively new and therefore the role of the sport nutritionist is often not fully integrated within elite football clubs. Indeed, it is not uncommon to see the role being performed by other members of the performance team such as strength and conditioning staff, or the sport nutritionist being employed on a casual part time basis. Like all sport science disciplines, sport nutrition works best when it is part of an interdisciplinary sport science support programme with close collaboration between the medical, performance and coaching staff as well as the players themselves. This presentation will look at one example of where sports nutrition is crucial, that of the injured player, and investigate how a truly interdisciplinary approach will result in the maximum benefit to the player.

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