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Semex UK Conference 2015 - Dr Lewis James, Lecturer in Sports Nutrition, Loughborough University

Sports Nutrition: Have The Body And Endurance Of An Athlete We envy athletes for their trimmed physique and endurance to long hours of physical activities. They achieve the body and endurance that we envy because of regular exercise, body training, proper diet and sports nutrition supplements. Sports nutrition supplements may be in a form of capsule, powdered shakes, liquid food and candy-like bars. While it is true that drinking enough water and eating a balanced diet is enough for the regular guy, sports people you included need additional nourishment, for the efficient production of energy and fuel. Your rigorous training must be accompanied by the right amount of sports nutrition protein. This will help you maximize your athletic talents and in the process gain more power, strength, and endurance as you train. In the market, there have already been lots of sports nutritional supplements introduced. In spite of such diversity, they may still be classified into the following major categories: protein supplements, vitamin supplements, weight loss products, creatine, glutamine, and protein bars. Popular brand names are as follows: Xendadrine EFX, Hydroxycut, Muscletech, EAS, Twinlab, Optimum Nutrition. The program is also good for those particularly considering a specialization in the nutritional aspects of performance enhancement. The graduate of this course can penetrate family and community services, local or state government agencies, hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, institutes of sports, universities and colleges and also personal training. More than 10 years ago, it was made public that muscle damage brought about by free-radicals may be reduced by having supplements of antioxidant vitamins A, C and E. Years after, antioxidant supplementation became a norm in the world of sports nutrition. Now, researchers are also beginning to understand that muscle damage is a more complex subject. The best sports nutrition in endurance sports is hydration. You should be hydrating yourself even a week before the game. This is to keep your body cleansed, fueled and watered for the coming event. If you only hydrate yourself on the day of the event, you won't hold too much water. Most of the liquid that you intake will only seep out through sweat. 

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