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Firstly, I need to apologise for not posting in a while… My reason for this is that I’ve been studying hard for a course. I am doing a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Sports Nutrition at St Mary’s University, and I’m almost finished! Hurrah! I am considering taking this further and completing it as a Masters in 2016 or 2017 – everyone should have a 5 year plan, right?! As for now, I am enjoying exploring the world of Sports Nutrition and all the controversy it has to offer. There are so many well-meaning people out there who are giving bad advice about sports and exercise nutrition – from personal trainers who have done a ‘course’ in nutrition, to people who have done an online course in nutrition.
My number one tip is to make sure your Sports Nutritionist is registered with the SENr (Sports & Exercise Nutrition Register). To join the register, you have to abide by a code of conduct and ethics, and only those with the right type of qualification and level of experience can join. I will be joining the SENr in the Summer once I have officially finished my course.
As part of my final assessment, I have the pleasure of completing a case study to showcase my in-depth knowledge of what I’ve learned on the course, and in my own reading. I am lucky enough to be studying a premier league ice hockey player, and I’m loving the challenge and different viewpoint on nutrition one needs to adopt to work with sportspeople.
I am also very excited to be going to visit GlaxoSmithKline’s Human Performance Lab in April. We can get a tour of their fantastic facilities, network with other sports nutritionists, and hear some up-to-the-minute talks on sports nutrition. This will no doubt further fuel my passion to immerse myself in the field of sports nutrition.