With the London 2012 Olympics still fresh in the memory, and, following the shock revelations about Lance Armstrong, sports nutrition, good and bad, has been forcibly projected into the public eye.

The amazing feats of Olympic and Paralympic athletes have brought the benefits of getting the right diet to the forefront - but elite sports performance is forged from many inputs ranging from well-planned training, through creating mental toughness, to fine-tuning the diet for training and competition - they all form part of the plan.

The new Masters degree in Sport and Exercise Nutrition at the University of Westminster offers the chance to study the science behind sports nutrition, and its application to elite performance, often under extreme conditions.

The thorny subject of supplements, which work and which don’t, which are banned and which are allowed, and which might cause actual harm, is put under scientific scrutiny.

So did Armstrong really boost his performance with what he took, or was it all a giant placebo effect?

Do Usain Bolt’s chicken nuggets help or hinder his sprints to glory?

There is also a wide degree of flexibility in choice of research project - personal interest can really be reflected in this. You can study via full- or part-time mode, which can offer a great chance for gaining professional development credits.

See the course details for Sport and Ecercise Nutrition MSc

For further information, talk to the Course Leader Dr Sally Parsonage.

Or, visit a Postgraduate Information Evening, meet the staff and see the great facilities in the Human Performance laboratories – on Wednesday 12 June.

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