Targeting gut health and exploring short term heat exposure
This professional development will present the latest research on the topics of athlete gut health and heat exposure for enhancing athletic performance. The gut is our largest immune organ and numerous stressors, including exercise, are known to increase intestinal permeability. Disruptions to the chemical and physical barriers of the gut have the potential to impact upon athlete health, impairing performance and tolerance of heat. This module of the webinar will explore factors influencing intestinal permeability and implications of barrier disruption, and strategies to minimise disruption of the intestinal barrier and gastrointestinal symptoms in athletes. With the increasing competiveness and time demands associated with elite sport, scientists, coaches and athletes are always searching for time-efficient methods to improve physical performance. Recently, supplementing traditional training with training in hot environments has gained increasing attention as a time efficient means of enhancing exercise performance. While traditional heat exposure protocols usually entail lengthy exposure periods over 7-10 days, physiological adaptations and performance benefits have recently been observed following as little as four to five shorter exposures. This module of the webinar will explore the effectiveness of short term heat exposure, particularly in a team sport setting, where five consecutive days of exposure may be more practical due to the nature of weekly competition and limits on training load.
Dr Cecilia Kitic (nee Shing) is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Senior Lecturer in Exercise Science within the School of Health Sciences at the University of Tasmania researching in the area of Nutrition and Exercise in Health and Chronic Disease. As Director of the Sport Performance Optimisation Research Team (SPORT) Dr Kitic’s work focuses on the associated molecular and system level alterations to provide mechanistic explanations of performance change, with a primary interest in inflammation and gut health. Most recently Dr Kitic has been researching the influence of diet (gluten and FODMAPs, and macronutrient intake) and probiotics on athlete gut health and exercise performance. Dr Kitic’s research has been presented at over 35 national and major, high-profile international conferences (ACSM Conference, ECSS Meeting, American Society of Nephrology Renal Week) as both invited speaker and podium presentations, and has published over 45 articles in high quality, peer reviewed journals.
Calvin Philp is currently a Physical Performance Coach at Western Bulldogs Football Club in the AFL. Calvin joined the Western Bulldogs at the end of the 2015 season after 5+ years’ experience in the National Institute Systems at both the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and the Tasmanian Institute of Sport (TIS). Prior to these positions Calvin held various paid and volunteer positions at the Hawthorn Football Club, Box Hill Hawks Football Club and the VIS. Throughout his time in elite sport Calvin has provided strength and conditioning services for multiple World Champion athletes and over 20 Olympians. Calvin’s current position at the Western Bulldogs Football Club allows him to combine aspects of Sports Science, Strength and Conditioning and injury prevention in order to contribute to the collaborative, multifaceted Western Bulldogs performance department. Calvin graduated from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science degree and is currently completing a Masters of Biomedical Science (Research) at the University of Tasmania. His research area is the effect of heat exposure on performance in cool environments. He currently utilises knowledge gained through his Masters studies in an applied setting at the Western Bulldogs.
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