FTP #19: Graeme Close, PhD – Nutrition strategies to prevent and treat injuries in cyclists

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FTP #19: Graeme Close, PhD – Nutrition strategies to prevent and treat injuries in cyclists

Guest Bio

Professor Graeme Close

A former professional Rugby League player, Graeme is now Professor of Human Physiology at Liverpool John Moores University where he leads the Sport Nutrition MSc. His research is focused on basic and applied sport nutrition where he has published ~120 papers and review articles. Graeme’s current research areas are the effects of Vitamin D on skeletal muscle function, the effects of weight-making on health and performance, nutritional strategies to alleviate muscle soreness and the metabolic and nutritional demands of elite rugby. Graeme is accredited with UKSCA, BASES and SENr. He is the deputy chair of SENr and a fellow of BASES and ECSS. Graeme is the expert nutrition consultant to England Rugby, Aston Villa FC, and the Lead Nutritionist for European Tour Golf. Graeme also regularly appears on television (BBC Trust me I’m a Dr, ITV Truth about food) and radio (BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Merseyside) discussing nutrition for health and sports performance.

Twitter profile: @close_nutrition

On this Episode:

  • The role of nutrition on injury treatment
  • Energy expenditure when dealing with immobilization
  • Low Energy Availability and RED-S in injury treatment
  • Protein requirements for the injured cyclist
  • Minimizing strength losses
  • Carbohydrate periodization during injury and immobilization
  • The role of Fish Oil and Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Do we really want to decrease inflammation?
  • Vitamin D and Calcium
  • Collagen caveats

Articles mentioned during the episode:

Close, G. L., Sale, C., Baar, K., & Bermon, S. (2019). Nutrition for the prevention and treatment of injuries in track and field athletesInternational journal of sport nutrition and exercise metabolism29(2), 189-197.

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