Ruth leads a team of Performance Nutritionists across the island of Ireland and shared insights into the nutrition education and supplementation of players as well as advising on catering schedules, hydration and recovery strategies. She has developed and managed an evidence-based, policy driven health and sport supplement programme within the IRFU. Ruth shared her insights and challenges of meeting player nutritional needs whilst competing at the recent Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Laura provided an insight into the nutritional demands placed on athletes training and competing in the elite sport environment. She shared her experience of competing at the recent IAAF World Championships in Doha, where she finished seventh the 5000m final and her thoughts on what she looks for in the qualities of a good practitioner.
Speaking about the session, Dr Lauren Duckworth, Course Director said “the knowledge and experiences shared by Ruth and Laura help our students gain a real appreciation of the role of the sport and exercise nutritionist, enrich our curriculum delivery and help to prepare them better for the world of work post study.”
MSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition student Aaron Simpson noted, "It was such a unique experience for us all to hear from Ruth and Laura, working and competing in elite sport. Their talk was so refreshing and insightful, and has really motivated me to continue to learn and develop as a sports nutritionist"