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Peer review in sport and exercise science: What is it and what are the problems?

Professor Graeme L. Close and Professor Kevin Tipton This week I decided to take a look at peer review. This is on the back of conversations with several practitioners who were not fully aware of the process and therefore how less than credible papers can so easily slip into the literature. I am also delighted to say I have a co-author this week. Professor Kevin Tipton is not only a good friend of mine, but […]

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Number 8 – Is there finally something nutritionally we can do to alleviate the symptoms of the common cold?

Apologies for the lack of a blog for a couple of weeks. Life has been manic with my professorial lecture (you can view it here if you want to youtu.be/UoLi4Un4Ci8 ),  and lots of RFU / Everton / LJMU work. Anyway, I’m back on track now and have a couple planned. Next week I will have a look at the perils of ‘Peer Review’ when it comes to research (based on some “interesting” publications in […]

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Number 7– Getting a job in Sports Nutrition (and keeping it)!

Close Encounters of the Nutritional Kind Number 7– Getting a job in Sports Nutrition (and keeping it)! I thought this week I would move away from the science and look at a topic I am often asked about – this being how do you actually get a job in professional sport nutrition. I am very lucky that I have spent almost 30 years emerged in professional sport despite only turning 40 next month! From the […]

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Number 6 – Assessing energy intake – has the food diary been served its last supper?

This week has once again seen the assessment of energy expenditure using food diaries heavily criticised during the peer review process. I guess everyone who has had the misfortune and suffered the pain of collecting energy intake data and then analysing it using dietary analyses packages, understands the pitfalls and inaccuracies of energy intake; but given the importance of assessing energy intake it is still something most researchers (and practitioners) strive to achieve. However, has […]

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Number 5 – Just because you can measure something does not mean you should?

OK, after stepping out of my comfort zone last week to discuss some aspects of nutritional behaviour change I am back on my “home ground” this week. I spend quite a lot of my time these days reviewing papers and abstracts and I am becoming increasingly aware that one thing that is really letting our discipline of sports science down is the continued use of inappropriate assays and then reliance on these assays to try […]

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