Professor Sharon Madigan, Head of Performance Nutrition at the Sport Ireland Institute, chaired the event and was attended by Professor Craig Sale, Professor of Human Physiology and Nutrition at Manchester Metropolitan University, Postgraduate Researcher Conor Raleigh and Northern Ireland Women’s Football Captain Marissa Callaghan. to an audience of sports and health professionals.
Professor Sale presented the latest scientific research on the role of milk and dairy products for bone health in athletes at this year’s ‘Milk It’ Performance Nutrition Seminar held at W5, Odyssey in Belfast. Conor Raleigh also spoke about bone health, this time in relation to low-carb diets in athletes.
The nutrition seminar, part of the ‘Milk for All That Matters’ programme, is designed to explain the importance of nutrition for sports and a healthy, active lifestyle, including the potential role of milk and dairy products.
The seminar also listened virtually from Tottenham Hotspur Football Club Head of Nutrition, Dr Emma Tester, about “a week in the Premier League life”, including insights on some strategies for fueling, recovery and drinking water for professional football players.
Speaking at the event, Dairy Council Nutritionist Dr Carole Lowis said: “It’s great to have the opportunity to listen to the latest research from our guest speakers and the daily experiences of high-performing gamers. Emma Tester and our very own Marissa Callaghan.
“We are extremely grateful to all of this year’s guests for taking the time to take the time to provide sports nutritionists here with first-hand access to their knowledge and experience.”
During the event, University of Ulster students Chiara Rehman and Adam McCrindle were named as worthy recipients of the Northern Ireland Dairy Council’s annual ‘Athlete Nutrition Award’.
Through this award, the Northern Ireland Dairy Council works together with Ulster University Sports School and Course Director Dr Andrea McNeilly to celebrate students who have achieved the highest marks in their Master’s degrees in Sports and Exercise Nutrition and promote excellence in sports nutrition research. training of future sports and exercise nutritionists.
Stay up to date with ‘Milk It’ activities on the Dairy Council for Northern Ireland website: www.dairycouncil.co.uk/milk-sport