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Performance Nutrition

What is Performance Nutrition?

Our overarching aim as a performance nutrition team is to help athletes unleash the power of food so that they have more time to train (by reducing days lost due to injury and illness), better training (making the most of every session) and optimal competition performances (from working with hotels to developing personalised timelines).

Utilising a “food first” philosophy, our team take an integrated and holistic approach alongside coaches and other sports science & medicine practitioners to ensure that athletes are at the centre of our performance nutrition interventions.

The Sport Wales Institute provides a range of performance nutrition services to enhance performance during both training and competition phases across multiple sports. 

 

World Record Holder Kyron Duke at a Sport Wales Cookery Class

Areas of Work

  • The basics of fuelling, recovery, support & hydration for health and performance outcomes
  • Influencing better meals for more athletes within the Sport Wales National Centre environment, during travel, on training camps & at competitions
  • Working to educate athletes on how to lose / gain / make weight in a safe & effective manner
  • Travel & competition nutrition strategies
  • Suitable recipes and cooking guidelines for athletes, parents, coaches and chefs
  • Supporting medical services with blood screening to evaluate iron status and vitamin D levels and DEXA scanning to measure bone density
  • Supporting education on supplement safety 
  • Collaborating with our English Institute of Sport, Sport Scotland Institute and Sport Institute Northern Ireland colleagues to ‘unleash the power of food’ across GB

Our track record

All members of the Sport Wales Performance Nutrition team are registered with the SENr – the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register. All Sport Wales Institute practitioners hold up to date UKAD advisor certificates. 

Our current Performance Nutritionists have held secondment roles at major games including Commonwealth, Paralympic and European Games. 

Working holistically

The Performance Nutrition team works together with all disciplines within the Sports Science and Medicine department, ensuring a holistic approach around each athlete. 

Latest Webinars

The aims of this series is to develop an awareness and understanding of the influencers and behaviours which impact on food choices and to explore how the training environment can support athletes with optimising their nutrition choices. 

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