5/11/2019 1:18:21 AM (GMT+3)

IAAF releases consensus statement on nutrition for athletes

IAAF releases consensus statement on nutrition for athletes

DOHA, Qatar: The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) has released a comprehensive guide to sports nutrition designed to offer athletes the latest information on fueling their training and performance.

The IAAF Consensus Statement on Nutrition for Athletes, published in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, includes a summary of the latest scientific developments relevant to athletes and 16 articles on different facets of sports nutrition.

Led by Lindy Castell from Green Templeton College at Oxford University and Louise Burke, the Head of Sports Nutrition at the Australian Institute of Sport, a team of 50 experts looked at a range of new developments in sports nutrition to see how they apply to the five core areas of athletics: sprints, jumps/throws/combined events, middle distance, long distance and ultra distance/mountain running. Their findings, divided into 12 key themes, form the backbone of the report.

“Sports nutrition is a dynamic and constantly evolving science,” Burke said in a IAAF release. “The 2019 IAAF Consensus Statement on Nutrition for Athletics updates athletes, coaches and their entourage about changes in the knowledge and practice of nutrition for performance and health over the past decade.”

In the wake of similar studies conducted in 1995 and 2007, Burke said, the IAAF Health and Science Department charged a group of international experts to summarise cutting edge science and its translation into practice across all the event groups in athletics.

“A key message is that each athlete should have an eating plan that is personalised to their event and individual needs, periodised to address shifting goals and training practices across micro- to macro-cycles of the annual plan, and able to be put into practice in every environment experienced by the athlete,” said Burke.

She also added that the studies have highlighted new insights around the risks of Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport, or RED-S, which can occur when athletes consume less energy than they are expending. The studies also looked at intake of fluid and fuel in longer events, nutrition strategies for altitude and performance in the heat, and evidence-based uses of sports foods and supplements.

“We look forward to this project guiding the preparation of all athletes from throwers to ultramarathon runners, and from sprinters to race walkers in their key events, from the Doha World Championships and Tokyo Summer Olympic Games and beyond,” added Burke. (Source: IAAF)