New Year New Blog

It’s been a long and challenging year professionally and personally and I realised that I have not written much on my blog despite the good intentions last year. Time unfortunately is lacking and it becomes challenging to be able to produce meaningful articles for the blog, despite the many drafts that sit in the server 🙂

I have decided to move to the WordPress platform and will abandon the Blogger version as this allows me to have more and better options for the blog. Hopefully, this year there will be more articles here.

It’s been an interesting year in Sports Science. There are many debates in various areas which are likely to produce more interesting research work in 2018. In nutrition, there is a never-ending battle between the carbs-nocarbs camps to optimise body composition. Sadly the debate seems to be confined to the realm of quasi-science and opinion rather than based on experimental evidence. Some good work worth reading is this recent one from John Hawley’s group showing that energy restricted high-protein diet confer no advantage to weight loss in the presence of an appropriate exercise regime. Another interesting article was this one featuring Prof. Tim Noakes as an author suggesting that carbohydrate ingestion in a fat adapted athlete during training could enhance high intensity endurance exercise. The battle continues on social media, books are being published and sold, hopefully more experimental work will help us understanding more about diets. An interesting article in this field was this one about the big Vitamin D mistake and the need to avoid Vitamin D deficiency. I am working on a paper on this topic and the more I read, the more I think that there is a bit of a “drive” to have people on Vitamin D supplementation….will see what happens with that in few months.

Few debates also appearing in the training literature. This recent work from John Kiely continues to challenge the notion of periodisation and this review from Jeremy Loenneke’s lab challenges the notion of muscle size and strength. Finally, Stuart Phillips’ lab published this pretty cool review/meta-analysis/meta-regression indicating that with protein supplementation, protein intakes at amounts greater than ~1.6 g/kg/day do not further contribute RET-induced gains in FFM. So, if you are too keen on protein shakes, you may be connecting your bank account to the sea as the late Professor Mike Rennie used to say in his fascinating lectures. For sure the literature will grow in these areas and we will have access to better information soon.

Finally, the world of wearables is growing and so is the literature. Sleep devices need a lot more work in terms of validation and reliability. A new Cortisol biosensor able to detect cortisol concentration in sweat seems promising. More sweat lactate sensors seem to be promising too as well as Glucose biosensors. A new concept of Lab on a glass was also published suggesting the incorporation of biosensors in eyeglasses, definitively an interesting avenue for sports like Triathlon and Cycling. And finally, it is great to see the work funded form ESPRIT with former collaborators is finally becoming available. This is definitively an area which will grow exponentially and something I am passionate about.

So, this is it for now, the new blog is a new beginning. Let’s see what happens in 2018.