Researchers from the Department for Health are looking for volunteers to examine the effects of different types of nutrition following exercise and their impact on recovery and repeated exercise performance.
The research project aims to explore the physiological and metabolic responses to different nutritional supplements containing carbohydrates with, or without, protein.
The aim of the study is to help understand how the body recovers after fatigue and ways to allow it to exercise for longer.
Dr James Betts, who is leading the study said: “Although sufficient intakes of carbohydrates are likely to maximise the recovery process, there is increasing evidence that adding protein may improve recovery and performance during repeated exercise.”
Abdullah Alghannam, a doctoral researcher investigating these effects added: “Optimal nutritional interventions have critical importance for day-to-day training and to fight fatigue to prepare for the next training session. Exercise and nutrition are highly connected and both have a strong effect on long-term training adaptations, which ultimately benefits health and performance.
“From this study we hope to understand more about how fatigue develops during endurance exercise and explore nutritional strategies to recover faster and maintain the quality of training to achieve the desired goals.”
There is no payment for taking part, but participants in the study will benefit from receiving detailed feedback on their diet, health, fitness, metabolism and performance.
If you are interested in the project and want to check your eligibility to participate, or require further information contact email Abdullah Alghannam or call 07853398646.