Changing an athlete’s behaviour: what can we learn from sport psychology?

Close Encounters of the Nutritional Kind Number 4 – Changing an athlete’s behaviour: what can we learn from sport psychology? If you had said to me a few years ago I would be writing a blog about behaviour change I would have said “behave yourself”. After all, I am a scientist (well a former rugby player trying my best to be a scientist) and we don’t get involved in that soft world of sport psychology. However, […]

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Choosing Supplements

Close Encounters of the Nutritional Kind   Number 3 – Choosing supplements There is perhaps no other area of sports nutrition (maybe carbohydrate but see Blog 1) that divides opinions like supplements. Some “nutritionists” believe that they should be the focus of any nutrition plan whilst others categorically state that they are an expensive waste of time and everything you need can be obtained from a balanced diet. Moreover, we read (on a far too […]

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You are Vitamin D deficient – or are you?

Close Encounters of the Nutritional Kind Number 2 – You are Vitamin D deficient – or are you? OK, I know I said these would be weekly but given all of the media attention yesterday on Vitamin D and the number of media requests I received to speak about it, I thought I would pen a few thoughts about my understanding of Vitamin D, the research I am doing on it and what we do […]

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Why a blog and a few thoughts on carbohydrate

Close Encounters of the Nutritional Kind Number 1 – Why a blog and a few thoughts on carbohydrate I must start my first blog with an apology – the name. Yes, it’s obvious (and a little/lot cheesy) but after lots of thought I could not move away from it. Why? Well this is exactly what I want the blog to be about, sharing some encounters from the ‘glamorous’ world of professional/international sport and from my […]

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