Body Composition, Diet and Performance in AFL
Body composition targets are common goals that inform training and nutrition plans for team sport athletes including AFL players. Even in the absence of formal goals, players may strive for ideals that they associate with success. Body composition is influenced by modifiable factors including training and nutrition. Recent research with male AFL players found that they alter their nutrition leading up to and surrounding body composition assessment.
In this online activity, A/Prof Adrienne Forsyth and Dr Sarah Jenner will present the results of qualitative research exploring the influence of body composition goals on AFL players' nutrition practices, summarise the literature linking body composition and performance, and provide strategies for promoting a performance nutrition culture in team sport environments. Participants will also gain insights into conducting research in professional sporting environments and successful implementation of an embedded PhD.
Findings and strategies presented may be applied across practice settings including work with individual athletes and in chronic disease management.
This is a recording of an ESSA webinar presented on 15 February 2023.
Presented by Associate Professor Adrienne Forsyth and Dr Sarah Jenner
Associate Professor Adrienne Forsyth
Adrienne Forsyth is an Associate Professor in Nutrition & Dietetics at Australian Catholic University. An experienced sports dietitian and exercise physiologist, Adrienne leads and supervises applied research in clinical, community and sport settings. She has taught nutrition and sport science students for nearly two decades and is the co-editor of lifespan and sports nutrition textbooks.
Dr Sarah Jenner
Sarah Jenner is an advanced sports dietitian who is currently working as the Lead Performance Nutritionist with Munster Rugby. Sarah has previously worked in a variety of team sport environments, previously working in professional Australian Football. She has experience conducting applied research undertaking her PhD in collaboration with La Trobe University and Carlton Football club which specifically explored the dietary habits, nutrition knowledge and factors that influence food choice of professional Australian Football athletes.
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