In Season 3, Episode 30 Dr. Bubbs interviews Dr. James Morehen, PhD, performance nutritionist with a research background in rugby league and currently working for the English Football Association. In this episode, James discusses the physical demands and athlete profile in elite professional rugby league. He highlights the fundamental fueling strategies in a sport with high caloric demands, potential nutrition ‘gaps’ in elite rugby players, and whether or not polyphenol supplementation improves recovery post-competition. James also shares his insights and experience in developing travel nutrition plans in preparation for international competitions, rapid rehydration strategies and consequences of dehydration in hot climates and where the next greatest gains in performance nutrition will be made.
SUMMARY OF THE EPISODE
4:30 – Dr. Morehen’s background
8:00 – The physical demands in rugby
14:00 – Dexa scanning and athlete profile of professional rugby players
20:00 – Fueling strategies in athletes with high caloric demands
24:00 – Potential nutrition ‘gaps’ in elite rugby players
28:00 – Polyphenol supplementation and recovery in rugby players
34:00 – Travel nutrition in preparation for Rugby World Cup
41:00 – Rapid rehydration in hot climates during compressed schedules
45:00 – The next greatest gains in performance nutrition
About James Morehen, PhD
Currently works with England football looking after the nutrition provision and strategies for the 16 national teams within the Physical performance and nutrition department and also works with professional boxers and judo athletes to make weight safely and deliver nutritional strategies that can be implemented for body composition manipulation and fight night performance.
Research Studies –
Position specific differences in the anthropometric characteristics of elite European Super League rugby players