Sport Supplements

Educating Athletes About the use of Sport Supplements

Recruitment is now taking place for a wide variety of sport teams and athletes wishing to understand more about sport supplements and how they can influence repeated sprint performance.


Female indoor runner

Athletes of all abilities consume a variety sport supplements with the belief that it can improve performance. However, they often use supplements without critically considering the risks and side effects these substances may have. National governing bodies often warn and advise athletes about sport supplements, but research suggests athletes require more information and greater education. The aim of this research is to demonstrate and educate how sport supplements influence performance over a repeated sprint protocol.

What is required?

  • A one-off test that can take place at the team's or athlete's local training facility.
  • A repeated sprint protocol that will involve two sets of five reps over 20m.
  • The ingestion of a sport supplement before the second set of sprints to demonstrate the effectiveness for repeated sprint performance.
  • An evaluation of athletes' attitudes towards sport supplements.

Participating teams and athletes will benefit from:

  • Education about sport supplements in accordance with the World Anti-Doping 2015 code.
  • Specific data relating to each athlete's top speed, acceleration and endurance over 5, 10 and 20m.
  • Strategies and advice on how to improve sprint form and mechanics.
  • Involvement in research that is at the forefront of sports medicine.

How to get involved

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Philip Hurst for more information about the research.


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