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Modern sports nutrition: Being evidence-based in a world of “scienciness” with Louise Burke

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Sports dietitians sign up to be evidence-based practitioners who can assist athletes to become “swifter, higher, stronger” by applying cutting edge dietary strategies to support their training and competition goals. This presentation explores some of the challenges of gathering evidence to support sports nutrition practice, and tackling the further challenge of being heard in a crowded arena.

A personal definition of Sports Science is “evidence-based knowledge and practice gained from rigorous research and measurement of characteristics of real life sport, with some allowance for personal insights”. However, we operate in a world of “scienciness”; opinions about science often based on some level of fact, but extrapolated way beyond the available evidence and supported mostly by belief rather than data.

Date and Time
May 23, 2022 at 7-8 pm ET

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About the presenter
Louise Burke is a sports dietitian with 40 years of experience in the education and counselling of elite athletes. She worked at the Australian Institute of Sport for thirty years, first as Head of Sports Nutrition and then as Chief of Nutrition Strategy. She was the team dietitian for the Australian Olympic Teams for the 1996-2012 Summer Olympic Games. Her publications include over 350 papers in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, and the authorship or editorship of several textbooks on sports nutrition. She is an editor of the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. Louise was a founding member of the Executive of Sports Dietitians Australia and is a Director of the IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition. She was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2009 for her contribution to sports nutrition. Louise was appointed as Chair in Sports Nutrition in the Mary MacKillop Institute of Health Research at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne in 2014 and took up this position in a full-time capacity in 2020.
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