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2012 Sports Nutrition Conference takes an Olympic focus

Posted:  Tuesday, August 21, 2012

This year, as the greatest sportsmen and women gathered in London to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games, the best minds in sports nutrition were also gathering in the British capital to discuss the ability of nutrition to support athletes in achieving the highest levels of performance.

The Olympic Sports Nutrition Conference, supported by the Nestlé Nutrition Institute, featured an impressive line-up of speakers and participants that included renowned doctors, scientists and athletes from around the globe, including conference host Prof. Luc van Loon from Maastricht University Medical Centre, Netherlands and local host Jeni Pearce from the English Institute of Sport in London.

The conference covered a range of sports nutrition topics, including: the ergogenic properties of carnitine, Nitrate and its application as an ergogenic aid, Nutritional signals for muscle reconditioning, Global application of beta-alanine in sports practise and Preparing for the 2012 Olympics, the success and failures of nutritional intervention.

The conference was followed by a NNI workshop titled: ‘Limits of human endurance’ chaired by Prof. Luc van Loon and Prof. Romain Meeusen.  We  had the unique opportunity to interview the chairs and experts of the workshop. We will upload these interviews on our YouTube Channel over the next weeks.
Watch now the interview with Prof. Romain Meeusen on ‘Caffeine, exercise and the brain’ and with Prof. Ron Maughan on ‘Hydration during intense exercise training’.