Topend Sports' own dietitan Clare Wood has been writing articles for Topend Sports for many years, and now manages all of the nutrition content. Below is a list of the articles that Clare has contributed to this website.
Articles on Sports Nutrition
- The Sports Nutrition Pyramid — athlete nutrition is split into three levels.
- Nutrition for Older Athletes
- Alcohol use within the sporting environment — facts and physiology for the athlete. Plus Alcohol Guidelines for Athletes.
- Nutritional Guidelines for Preparing for Fitness Testing
- Hydration and Heat Management for Cricket Training and Matches
- Building Muscle: Do You Need Supplements? — some important tips that will help you achieve your muscle mass gain goals in the most sensible way.
- Planning your pre-exercise meal — Pre-exercise meals are very important meals to consider as part of the athlete's preparation towards optimal performance.
- Travel Nutrition Guide — tips for athletes traveling away from home.
- Nutrition for the Off Season — a perfect time to keep in shape and put on or off a few pounds.
- An Athlete's Daily Food Plan — eating well takes planning along with some self-discipline.
- Athletes Shouldn't Go Hungry — the types of foods consumed that can have an impact on energy levels
- Pre-Game Diet — Here are some suggestions of what you can eat before exercise.
- What athletes should drink — a guide to hydration for sports people - there are a lot of choices out there.
- Protein for Runners — Should we be taking protein supplements while running?
- Milk for Rehydration and Recovery — using milk as a rehydration solution may also help to fulfill protein and carbohydrate needs of an athlete post-exercise.
- Drinking strategies — how to maximize your fluid intake.
- Sweets for Recovery — are they any good for recovery after exercise.
- Post-Exercise Strategies to replace the lost fuels and aid recovery.
- Sports Drinks for Recreational Runners
- Eating to Bulk Up — A guide to eating to gain muscle weight.
- Traveling nutrition — Tips for eating right while traveling.
- Altitude Nutrition — Guide to following a good diet when traveling or training at altitude.
- High Carbohydrate Eating — Are you getting enough for your sport?
- Carbohydrate Loading — How and when to carbohydrate load.
- Sugar & Carbohydrate — What is best for Athletes.
- Nutrition for Field Officials — The energy demands of being a field official, referee or umpire varies as much as there are different sports to be involved in.
- Fluid and Fuel Considerations for a Fun Run
- Making Weight: Tips for making weight using nutritional strategies. Also, Nutrition for Jockeys
- Diet: Does it Matter? Nutrition for Young Rugby Players. A chapter in John Eales' Rugby Book, a practrical guide for young athletes.
- Sport specific nutrition: Basketball, Tennis, Aussie Rules; Tenpin Bowling, Football (Soccer), Badminton
- Field Hockey: Nutrition, Hydration, Supplements, Anthropometry, Body Composition, Height and Weight, Physiology.
- Nutritional Strategies for Marathon Runners — Clare's top-10 tips
- Nutrition for the Marathon of the Sands Ultra Marathon Event.
Articles on Supplements
- The Lowdown on Pre-Workouts for Non-Athletes
- Amino Acid Supplements — are they necessary for athletes?
- Creatine Supplementation for Teenagers
- Supplements & Immunity in Athletes
- Performance Enhancement with Beta Alanine Supplementation
- Leucine and Muscle Protein Synthesis — leucine is an important amino acid which can be used as a nutritional supplement for athletes.
- Hepcidin and The Management of the Athlete’s Iron Status
- Collagen Supplementation for Athletes — collagen supplementation has many uses, including some benefits for athletes such as reducing joint pain and enhancing exercise recovery.
- Practical Tips For Collagen Supplementation
- Vitamin D and Sports Performance
Articles on Healthy Nutrition
- ADHD Diet for Adults — diet can help in the management of this increasingly common condition.
- Intermittent Fasting and Diabetes Control — Intermittent fasting has been used extensively and successfully for weight loss, with the resultant reduction in body fat helping the body then deal with blood sugar levels.
- Athletes and Immunity — the Role of Nutrition
- Food and Inflammation — certain foods can also help relieve inflammation.
- Vitamin D – deficiency and the effect on health
- Getting good food variety — Choosing the right foods.
- Food Label Reading 101 — to help wade through the information provided
- Slowing down the aging process — What you eat can affect how you feel and how you age
- Tips For Healthy Restaurant Eating — while traveling you may need to eat at restaurants.
- Food Safety — Foods and water can be a source of contamination and have the potential to make you sick if care is not taken.
- Caffeine — Is it good or bad for us?
- Lumen Handheld Metabolic Tracker — a review
Articles on Weight Loss
- Lose weight while doing nothing — Forget the unproved fad diets, this is an easy way of losing weight with science by understanding the role of your basal metabolic rate (BMR).
- What is a pedometer and how to use it.
- Reducing Fats and Oils in the Diet — Some guidelines on how you can reduce the amount of fat in your diet.
- What is your Healthy Weight — Calculate your ideal weight range
- Eating for weight loss — Simple strategies for changing the way you eat to lose weight.
Resources for Sports Dietitians
- An interview with Clare Wood — published the WA Government's Department of Sports and Recreation as part of their 'Ask an Expert' series. The interview covers areas of what and when you should eat before a game, plus a discussion of energy drinks and supplements for athletes.
- Research publications by Clare
- My Career as a Sports Dietitian — what I do
- Consulting a Dietician for Weight Loss
- Clare Wood's Bio