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Olympic Sports Nutrition Conference showed impact of micronutrients on sporting performance

Posted:  Monday, October 15, 2012

The 14th Sports Nutrition conference bridged the gap between science and practice as leading scientists, all with a background in sport, shared their insights relating to ‘Nutritional strategies to prepare for the Olympics’ with a select group of sports nutritionists, sports dieticians, physiologists, coaches, and athletes.

The workshop took place in Oxford and London this summer to coincide with the London 2012 Summer Olympics. It covered a number of hot sports nutrition topics, each delivered by renowned experts who successfully translated the latest scientific discoveries into practical guidance that athletes and coaches could put to immediate use.

For example, Andrew Jones showed in which situations supplementing a diet with beetroot could improve performance; Prof. Luc Van Loon highlighted the role of nutrition in muscle reconditioning, along with some useful diet recommendations; and Louise Burke explained how Austrailia’s Olympians went ‘back to basics’ to find a competitive edge for London 2012, starting with a close look at their diets.

The content of these and other presentations from the event can be found on the Nestlé Nutrition Institute website and the NNI YouTube channel.