There are many views, opinions and myths that shape the sports nutrition landscape. There is science but also pseudoscience. Various diets and supplements are claimed to support athletes or even be essential for athletes. However, even when the claims are evidence based, many messages require a context: Is sugar bad? Will an alkaline diet work? Will a low carb diet work? Is caffeine dehydrating? Is protein good? But is too much protein damaging? Do we need to reduce salt intake, but increase electrolyes? Detox? Avoid meat for better performance? These are just a few examples of areas where there is a lot of discussion or contention.
The key of navigating the landscape well is being able to differentiate between science and pseudoscience. This webinar will focus on some examples of myths in sports nutrition, will discuss what actually science is (and also what it is not), and we will discuss some practical pointers that can be used as guidance on how to recognise pseudoscience.
To bridge the gap between science and practice:
Athletes need to become a little more like scientists and scientists a bit more like athletes.
Developing our way of thinking is far more important than gaining information.
Understanding context is far more important than learning facts.