Firstly, I need to apologise for not posting in a while… My reason for this is that I’ve been studying hard for a course. I am doing a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Sports Nutrition at St Mary’s University, and I’m almost finished! Hurrah! I am considering taking this further and completing it as a Masters in 2016 or 2017 – everyone should have a 5 year plan, right?! As for now, I am enjoying exploring the world of Sports Nutrition and all the controversy it has to offer. There are so many well-meaning people out there who are giving bad advice about sports and exercise nutrition – from personal trainers who have done a ‘course’ in nutrition, to people who have done an online course in nutrition.

My number one tip is to make sure your Sports Nutritionist is registered with the SENr (Sports & Exercise Nutrition Register). To join the register, you have to abide by a code of conduct and ethics, and only those with the right type of qualification and level of experience can join. I will be joining the SENr in the Summer once I have officially finished my course.

As part of my final assessment, I have the pleasure of completing a case study to showcase my in-depth knowledge of what I’ve learned on the course, and in my own reading. I am lucky enough to be studying a premier league ice hockey player, and I’m loving the challenge and different viewpoint on nutrition one needs to adopt to work with sportspeople.

I am also very excited to be going to visit GlaxoSmithKline’s Human Performance Lab in April. We can get a tour of their fantastic facilities, network with other sports nutritionists, and hear some up-to-the-minute talks on sports nutrition. This will no doubt further fuel my passion to immerse myself in the field of sports nutrition.

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Annemarie Aburrow

Annemarie graduated from the University of Southampton in 2003 with a first class honours in Physiology with Nutrition. She went on to study a Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics at Cardiff Metropolitan University, leading to registration as a Dietitian. Between 2005 and 2013, Annemarie worked for the NHS in a wide variety of clinical and community roles. More recently, she has specialised in health promotion and prescribing support. She has particular experience in obesity management (both adults and children), diabetes, nutrition for the under 5s and nutritional supplement prescribing. In 2013, Annemarie left the NHS to set up her private practice 'Expert Dietitian'. She now works as a freelance Dietitian, offering private consultations in Hampshire, telephone and Skype appointments, corporate nutrition consultancy and bespoke training. She has a growing portfolio of project work, including working with her local council to provide nutrition training and expertise to Early Years settings, article writing, work with schools and running training/workshops. Annemarie is a member of the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

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