Nov 3, 2010, 5:59 pm
COACHING THE COACHES FORUM
HYDRATION AND NUTRITION FOR ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE
Experts Dr John Bradley and Dr Tom Hill share their expertise and provide guidelines for coaches and parents on how best to prepare athletes (both junior and senior) for performance and recovery from performance.
Dr John Bradley is lecturer in Exercise Physiology and Coaching Science at UCC. Prior to UCC he worked as an Exercise Physiologist with the Scottish Institute of Sport, providing high performance support to elite Scottish and British athletes in a range of sports.
John has a particular research interest in athlete hydration and will share this expertise at the CTC forum.
John takes a practical approach to sports science making it relevant to athlete performance and coaches needs. His sports science background is supplemented with sporting experience as a competitive swimmer, representing Great Britain as a Senior International at numerous events.
He is currently a Technical Member of the Irish Institute of Sport, providing support for talented Irish athletes to ensure high performance and athletic achievement at the highest level.
Cork's Lisa Cummins, the long distance swimmer, who two years ago became the first Irish person to swim the English Channel both ways spending more than 35 hours in the water will give us a practical insight into her hydration and nutrition regime for training and competition.
Dr John's talk is entitled 'Hydration for athletes (and coaches)' and he will present a user-friendly guide to what to drink and when to drink it. Practical ways to judge if your athlete is hydrated will be discussed and the best drink for your athletes will be revealed
Very often athletes will seek nutrition advice from their coach. Dr Tom's talk entitled 'Eat to Compete: The coaches perspective' will practically examine how the coach can take a lead in implementing basic but effective nutrition strategies.
Dr Tom Hill is a registered nutritionist and part-time lecturer in Nutrition in the School of Food and Nutritional Science UCC. He has worked on diet and nutrition issues with players, athletes and teams across a range of sports including gaelic football, rugby, soccer, basketball, sailing and athletics.
He has also published numerous research articles and book chapters in nutrition and his main research interest is the role of nutrition in musculoskeletal health. He has played rugby for UCC and is currently involved in coaching youth rugby.
The very topical role of sports nutrition supplements will also be explored.