Discount Supplements’ Head Of Nutrition Tom, Attends International Sport & Exercise Nutrition Conference 2014  

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It is nigh on impossible to describe the true value of the International Sport & Exercise Nutrition Conference (ISENC) because its benefits are multi- faceted and unique. There are few opportunities where you can sit amongst the greatest minds in sport and exercise nutrition, with their knowledge and expertise condensed into a small arena. The ‘learning opportunities’ are diverse and just one element that makes the ISENC so valuable, add to this the countless networking opportunities that enable you to chat with like- minded individuals on subject matters that are miles ahead of the curve, and you get some idea as to why people fly from around the world to attend.

 

Third International Sport and Exercise Nutrition Conference

This year’s conference had two main themes, one focussing on sport and performance issues, and the other focussing on physical activity and health. It was testament to the skill and knowledge of the speakers how seamlessly these two subjects overlapped, the two interplayed perfectly and was delivered, expertly. Alongside the unquestionable value of the expert speakers and Q&A sessions, there were also an evening with Sir Chris Hoy, 6 time Olympic champion and the greatest British Olympian of all time. He was all too willing to answer any questions we threw at him, and it must be said, he did so extremely elegantly. An unplanned piece of comedy genius fell on the evening Q&A with Sir Chis when he had just finished telling a story of how the British Cycling team were in Russia and forced to eat (or should I say refuse) some not too appetising Russian cuisine. We had all just finished laughing at this story when the next chap to ask a question said ‘Yes hello Sir Chris, my name is Joe Bloggs (I forget the chaps name)… from Russia’. To give the chap his credit he laughed along with us all and proceeded to receive a fantastic answer to his insightful question. A great evening had by all.

 

Chris Hoy

 

Speakers Of The Highest Degree

The content matter at ISENC can be complex, the conference is pitched at academics and established sport and nutrition professionals, but can be of great use to those new to the industry so long as they come equipped with some underlying knowledge. From a personal perspective I feel it enabled me to continually professionally develop, add to my existing body of knowledge, as well as feeding countless blog posts for the coming months! The speakers include world leading protein metabolism experts such as Professor Luc van Loon, Neurometabolism experts such as Dr Nick Gant (who flew from New Zealand to be here for ISENC), and Professor John Hawley who is head of major research groups around the world, as well as being an international authority in exercise and diet on skeletal muscle metabolism, the molecular bases of exercise training adaptation, and the cellular bases underlying exercise- induced improvements in insulin action…all critical subject matter to the nutrition and sporting industry!

 

Luc van Loon 

 

Final thoughts…

I left the 3 day conference feeling satisfied that I had been a part of major, robust seminars that are absolutely cutting edge, and quite often original research findings. The delivery of the course was smooth, well- structured and academic, whilst maintaining the informality that makes this conference so enjoyable. The organisers Angela and Dave Roberts were extremely accommodating and made it possible for Discount Supplements and myself to experience the world authorities in sports and exercise nutrition.

I will be attending the next conference for sure, this is the ISSSMC which includes Sports Science, Sports Medicine, Sports Physiotherapy and Strength & Conditioning which is being held in September 2015 at Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne.

 

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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