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Dean invited to talk at international sports nutrition conference

Released: 02.06.16

Professor Andrew Edwards, Dean of the Faculty of Sport & Health Sciences has been invited to deliver a presentation of his research activities at an international conference in Florida, USA this month.

He will talk about his research, titled ‘The Effects of Heat Training and Fluid Intake on Sports Performance’ at the annual conference of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN).

The main focus of Professor Edward's research is to reduce negative impacts of hot conditions on sports performance. In his presentation he will be discussing his research into physiological factors, training techniques and fluid replacement strategies designed to optimise performance in hot conditions.

“The current work from my research laboratory is designed to look at ways in which we can properly prepare elite sports people for events in hot conditions such as the 2022 FIFA football World Cup in Qatar.”

Professor Edwards and his team have used novel blood markers to examine heat stress and physical strain when athletes perform hard physical training. In his presentation he will share some of the outcomes of his group’s recent findings in projects conducted collaboratively with international partners such as the Australian Institute of Sport.

Professor Edwards has been a consultant to several English Premier League football clubs, while having written many research articles in addition to one academic book titled 'Pacing in Sport & Exercise' and an edited book titled ‘Science of Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity in the Tropics’. He was formerly based in the hot tropical conditions of Queensland, Australia but his research team now conduct their experiments at the Marjon sport & exercise science laboratories which include a purpose-built environmental chamber, capable of creating controlled conditions of extreme heat, humidity and where appropriate, high altitude. The Marjon sports laboratories are the only facilities of this type in the South West of England to be accredited by the British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences (BASES).

The 13th Annual ISSN Conference takes place at Clearwater Beach Florida, USA, June 9 -11.

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