Enhancing nutrition and psychology

Enhancing Nutrition and Psychology

Rugby players have unique psychological and nutritional requirements, given the demands of the sport. Our work is used to support both senior and developing rugby players enhance their performance and overall wellbeing. Our nutrition research has quantified the energy expenditure of rugby players, which can help inform nutritional practices. Our team work closely with Leeds Rhinos, Rugby Football League, Bath Rugby, Scottish Rugby and Yorkshire Carnegie to provide nutrition and psychological support.

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  • Smith, D., King, RFGJ., Duckworth, LC., Sutton, L., Preston, T., O’Hara, JP., Jones, B. (2018) Energy expenditure of rugby players during a 14-day in-season period, measured using doubly labelled water. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 118(3):647-656
  • Costello, N., Deighton, K., Dyson, J., McKenna J. & Jones, B. (2017) Snap-N-Send: A Valid and Reliable Method for Assessing the Energy Intake of Elite Adolescent Athletes. European Journal of Sports Science, 17(8):1044-1055
  • Costello, N., Deighton, K., Preston, T., Matu, J., Rowe, J., Sawczuk, T., Halkier, M., Read, D., Weaving, D. & Jones, B. (2018) Collisions activity during training increase total energy expenditure measured via doubly labelled water. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 118(6):1169-1177.