Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Athletes Needed for Nutrition Study

Nicola Holmes is conducting research in early 2009 looking at the effect of exercise intensity on sweat losses with particular focus on sweat sodium loss. Athletes training up for the half ironman in May would be perfect subjects for the study.

Some brief details about the study: 

What does the study involve?

As a subject you will be required to visit Curtin University on three seperate occasions for about 1.5hrs (times will be very flexible to fit around work/training/other commitments). You will be asked to cycle in a heat chamber at a given intensity for a short period (about 40 minutes) Sweat collecting devices will be attached to your arms and legs so that sweat analysis can be performed. This will give us information about your sweat rate aswell as the concentration of electrolytes such as sodium and potassium. 

What are the benefits for me?

Having a good understanding of your individual sweat composition is vital to ensure an optimal hydration strategy can be developed for training/racing. Having your sweat collected in a laboratory setting is the best way to find out this information.

Nicola is also planning to run a series of nutrition workshops on various topics throughout Pauls half ironman training program for those athletes involved in the study.

If you are interested in being involved or have any questions relating to the study please email nicola.holmes@postgrad.curtin.edu.au

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