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Competitive athletes are continuously looking to enhance performance via the use of various emerging ergogenic dietary supplements. Recently, there has been a widespread unremitting trend and interest in the functional food benefits of freshwater micro algae. This interest has predominantly surfaced from substantial amount of investigations primarily focused on the potential health benefits derived from supplementation. At present, the understanding of the ergogenic capabilities of algae are equivocal. The multicomponent species boasts a vast array of vitamins, minerals and proteins and thus pinpointing the exact mechanisms of action behind any ergogenic effects are difficult to ascertain.
To date, negligible research has been conducted on trained athletes implementing the supplementation of algae and whether it may have a profound effect on exercise performance. This project intends to develop and contribute into the novel area of algae supplementation for exercise performance.
Tom enrolled at Kingston University in 2014 to complete a BSc in Sport Science, achieving First Class honours. His dissertation research project was investigating the supplementation of Spirulina on upper body exercise. Following this, in May 2019 Tom began his PhD research journey, aiming to contribute research and understanding into the algae supplementation field.
During his PhD he has been involved with lecturing on the Essentials for Sport & Exercise Science and the Health & Exercise Physiology modules at Kingston University. Additionally, Tom lectures at UCL on the UG & MSc Sports Medicine, Exercise & Health degree.
Adjacent to his research, Tom previously worked at Fulham Football Club for 4 years as a Performance Analyst, working alongside the first team and academy to provide extensive team and player analysis.
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