About this Research Topic
Personalization is a key term when talking about the future of all medical disciplines, including nutrition, and more specifically sport nutrition. The prospect of better tailored and more effective sport nutrition sounds appealing, but the research in personalized sport nutrition is somewhat lacking. The current Research Topic aims to gather the currently available findings and to define the required experimental work to deliver the evidence base for future sport nutrition practice. We will include both the genetic (sport nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics) and non-genetic techniques to provide individualized advice in dietary effectiveness for active individuals.
Emerging evidence indicates that sport nutrition supplements and strategies may work in some individuals or under certain conditions, yet not in others. Research on novel ergogenic (= performance-enhancing) dietary approaches is often inconclusive because we fail to understand the environmental and genetic factors impacting the inter-individual responses to their intake and metabolism. These scientific hurdles need to be cleared before we can move to genetic or other screening tests to tailor sport supplement and macro- and micronutrient intake advice.
The proposed research topic will approach ‘personalized sport and exercise nutrition’ from all angles and perspectives, with applications ranging from the Olympic athlete, through the recreational exercise enthusiast to the patient that adopts exercise for therapeutic or preventive purposes. We encourage submission of all manuscripts that relate to, or document, the individualized response to dietary approaches in sport and physical activity. We invite both original and review contributions and specifically welcome submissions from food & nutrition science, exercise physiology, molecular biology, metabolism, genetics and applied sport science. We hope this unique Research Topic will be a landmark initiative and a new path towards the future of sport and exercise nutrition.
Keywords: sport nutrition, nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, ergogenic, exercise physiology, sport supplement, dietary approach
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