The vegetarian and vegan athlete




Understand the science behind plant-based eating, from the benefits to the challenges for athletic performance. Prof Asker Jeukendrup outlines how vegetarian and vegan athletes can meet nutrient and energy requirements to support training and performance.

You will learn about:
   The challenges of plant based diets
   The solutions for vegetarians and vegans
   The movie The Game Changers - a critical look
  Important questions of vegetarian and vegan athletes answered
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Author

Professor Asker Jeukendrup

Number of lectures

1

Video time

50 mins

Further readings

2

Exams

1

The vegetarian and vegan athlete

This lecture on The vegetarian and vegan athlete provides a holistic overview of plant-based diets. Prof Asker Jeukendrup discusses the potential benefits of vegetarian and vegan diets for athletic performance, with consideration for the challenges that accompany plant-based eating. Asker also disucsses a popular Netflix series - The Game Changers - to critically look at the science (or lack of science) behind some of the claims. Watch this lecture for an informed understanding of consuming a vegetarian or vegan diet while performing at the highest level in sport.
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Professor 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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