When: 28 May, 19.00 CEST
Summary of the presentation: The concept of ensuring high carbohydrate availability before, during and after competition in order to promote performance and recovery is well documented in both science and practice. However, in the last decade, our laboratory has consistently demonstrated that deliberately training in conditions of reduced CHO availability augments oxidative adaptations of human skeletal muscle, as mediated by cell signalling pathways. Training low has therefore become a catchphrase amongst athletic circles though in practice this can often manifest as both calorie and carbohydrate restriction, the result of which can impair training intensity, immune function and bone health. In this presentation, I will discuss the transition from paper to podium by outlining the translation of science to practice (as practiced by Grand Tour winning cyclists) to achieve the nutritional objectives of CHO periodization as outlined above. Whilst the pursuit of performance is usually achieved through the combinations of innovations in research and improvements in practical execution, it is also suggested that it is the final step of delivery that makes the biggest difference in sport.
Biography of the speaker:
James Morton is a Professor of Exercise Metabolism at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). James' specific research interests focus on the molecular and cellular responses of human skeletal muscle to acute and chronic exercise and the impact of diet and nutrition on modulating these responses. To date, he has authored over 140 research publications in the fields of sports nutrition, physiology and metabolism as well as numerous books/book chapters on these topics. In addition to research, James also works in elite professional sport in both sports physiology and nutrition support roles. From 2010-2015, he was the performance nutritionist to Liverpool FC and also specializes in providing nutritional and conditioning support to a range of professional boxers, MMA athletes and jockeys. James was also the Head of Nutrition and Physical Performance Lead for Team Sky between 2015 and 2019 having led the nutrition strategy for the 2015 , 2016, 2017 and 2018 Tour de France victories. He is also the Director of Performance Solutions for Science in Sport (SiS) and leads the strategic delivery of bespoke performance solutions and innovation for the elite partners of SiS. He is also sits on the Technical Steering Panel for the English Institute of Sport.
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