Exploring how carbohydrate intake and timing affect endurance adaptations and performance
- Professor David Bishop (Primary)
- Dr Matt Lee (Associate, internal)
- Ms Bianka Probert (Associate, external)
Stipend value in 2021
$29,000 per annum
The physically demanding nature of Special Forces training and operations require the “upper limit of human performance” and involve performing repeated high-intensity actions. Muscle glycogen (i.e., carbohydrates) is the muscle’s preferred energy source for such tasks. Nutritional strategies that maximise carbohydrate availability before, during, and/or after exercise are encouraged to help meet exercise demands, maximise performance, and promote muscle glycogen recovery. However, evidence also suggests low-carbohydrate training can enhance the signals within muscle cells that promote endurance adaptations.
To achieve the “best of both worlds”, this project will investigate how restricting carbohydrate for a short (3 h) recovery period post-exercise affects endurance training adaptations and performance measures relevant to military populations. The successful master’s candidate will gain experience in conducting an extensive nutrition and exercise training study, as well as the collection of skeletal muscle and blood samples and subsequent analyses (Western blot, PCR, transcriptomics, enzyme assays).
Required disciplinary knowledge
The successful candidate will have a background in one (or more) of the following areas: exercise physiology, exercise metabolism, sports nutrition. The applicant should have some understanding of the basic principles underpinning molecular adaptations to training (desirable). Previous experience in conducting a research project (i.e., honours degree involving research methods) is also desirable. The candidate will be fully supported and trained in all project-specific methods and analyses.