Fatigue in athletes

In this course, Asker Jeukendrup and Suzy Russell discuss fatigue in athletes: from causes and implications to solutions.

You will learn about:
  What exactly is fatigue
  Different types of fatigue and their affects
  Causes of mental fatigue in athletes
 Overview of strategies to manage fatigue
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Dr Asker Jeukendrup and Dr Suzy Russell

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Video time

60 mins




Dr Asker Jeukendrup

Professor Asker Jeukendrup is one of the world’s leading sports nutritionists and exercise physiologist who spent most of his career as a professor at the University of Birmingham (UK) as Head of The Human Performance Laboratory. Currently he is a (visiting) professor at Loughborough University. He has authored 9 books and over 250 research papers and book chapters. During his career Asker has worked at the forefront of research as well as directly with athletes, including Olympic and World champions, Tour de France cyclists and Champions league football teams.

After many years of working at Universities, Asker accepted a position as the Global Senior Director of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute. At present he is the director of his own performance consulting business “Mysportscience”, and worked or works with a number of football clubs (including FC Barcelona, Chelsea, Red Bull Leipzig, Red Bull Salzbuyrg and PSV eindhove). He is head of performance nutrition of the Jumbo Visma pro cycling team and the Red Bull Athlete Performance Center, and Performance Manager of Nutrition for the Dutch Olympic team.
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Dr Suzy Russell

Suzy Russell is a postdoctoral research fellow investigating mental fatigue and recovery in partnership with the Australian Institute of Sport and Queensland Academy of Sport. In 2020, Suzy completed her PhD, titled 'Mental Fatigue in Elite Sport' at the University of Queensland in partnership with the Queensland Academy of Sport and Netball Australia. Having held various research, industry, and applied positions working with athletes and novel technologies, Suzy is intrigued by maximising human performance. Suzy is an Accredited Sports Scientist with Exercise and Sports Science Australia, and has previously worked as a performance analyst with the Brisbane Lions and Queensland Firebirds. Her research focuses on mental fatigue, recovery and cognitive performance, having published multiple peer-reviewed article and chapters on the topic. 
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