Fat and performance

Wednesday 9th May - 15:40-16:20

Whether you’re a professional athlete or simply exercising to improve your health, sports nutrition is key to optimising the beneficial effects of physical activity; making informed decisions about nutrition and hydration can result in improved performance, recovery and injury prevention.

There’s now a growing awareness of the many important roles dietary fats play in the body, beyond simply being a source of energy. These roles include maintaining hormonal and immune function; influencing body composition; regulating inflammation; and even protecting the brain from the sort of head injuries that can be sustained in sports such as football, rugby, cycling, basketball and skateboarding.

Not only that, but dietary fats can even offer performance benefits.

This session will offer an in-depth look at the value of dietary fats for human health and performance.

Dr Simon Dyall, Head of Nutrition (Education and Research), Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at Bournemouth University

Day 1: 15:40-16:20 Performance

Dr Simon Dyall is currently a Principal Academic and Head of Nutrition at Bournemouth University, where he is also Programme Lead for the MSc in Nutrition and Behaviour. Simon’s lab investigates the potential neuroprotective effects of bioactive lipids, such as omega-3 fatty acids, across the lifespan and after neurotrauma. In addition to being an elected member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL), Simon holds honorary research positions in the Centre for Neuroscience and Trauma, Queen Mary University of London and Department of Life Sciences, University of Roehampton. He is a member of numerous scientific societies and professional bodies, and is on the Editorial Board of Lipids in Health and Disease. Examples of current projects include exploring the potential of phospholipid precursors in improving the outcome after traumatic brain injury, the role of essential fatty acids in perinatal health and investigating the therapeutic effects of omega-3 fatty acids on physical ability and cognition in the older adult.

Omega-3 fats and physical performance: protection, recovery and repair

Dr Simon Dyall, Head of Nutrition (Education and Research), Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at Bournemouth University

Fats vs carbohydrates in sports performance

Dr Adam Collins, Programme Director, Nutrition, School of Biosciences & Medicine, Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences at University of Surrey