I have been with Derby County FC since the 2010/2011 season providing 1-2-1 nutrition support to the first team. I also work closely with the sports science and medicine team as well as the chef and catering staff to ensure club wide nutrition is always improving. We are lucky to be able to get DEXA scans on all the players multiple times per year, which has led to some interesting discoveries on my part.
I have been the lead) clinical performance nutritionist to British Weight Lifting, formerly World Class Lifting, since the middle of 2008. British Weight Lifting is the governing body for both the GB paralympic powerlifting and olympic weightlifting teams. Initially I went in and needed to create a new ethos around nutrition and break some old school trends. I did this thorough a number of education sessions for athletes and coaches on proper nutrition for strength athletes. I then implemented individualised programs and the governing body supplementation framework that saw them through to London 2012. These being such unique sports has allowed me to develop very specialised knowledge in these areas and in particular experience of designing advanced weight making strategies that have held up on the worlds biggest stages.
I am the lead nutritionist for the ASA England Talent program having written the materials for every stage, from the 11-13 year olds at Level 1 up to the most senior athletes at Level 3/4 as well as the education for parents of these athletes. This program encompasses all the aquatic disciplines; swimming, waterpolo, synchronised swimming and diving. My delivery on this program has greatly reduced, however whilst I was face to face with parents it really hit home just how badly nutrition education for this group of athletes is, in the mainstream.
I have been providing consultancy services for LCCC since 2011, providing them with a framework for nutrition in cricket as well as implementing a culture of performance supplementation with high quality, proven supplements within the first team players. Cricket again is another area where mainstream knowledge of what a ‘cricketers diet’ should look like is misguided, which makes working with this sport extremely rewarding.
I currently deliver coach and athlete nutrition seminars for England Athletics across the UK looking at both components of the training diet and competition diet as well as performance supplementation. In a sport as diverse as athletics a number of myths abound not least of all caused by high profile athletes who infamously haven’t eaten healthy… chicken nuggets anyone?
I have consulted for the Institute of Swimming writing one of their coach education modules on Nutrition for ukranian bride Coaches. This is a 3 hour session that coaches can attend and gain CPD credits for. The course encompasses theory, practical and case study elements. I also deliver this course at venues in the midlands.
Previously I have worked as part of the AASE program, supporting development athletes on the England Netball program. For the last two years I have also spoken at the annual National Training Course for A/B License Netball Umpires on performance nutrition in Netball.
I worked in conjunction with the English Institute of Sport to provide nutrition support to British Waterpolo in order to give them the best preparation in the run up to the 2012 games. I am now overseeing the nutrition support being delivered to Waterpolo by members of the Mac-Nutrition team.
I worked with Burton Albion FC in the 2011/2012 season providing education sessions to the medical staff and the first team. The manager was kind enough to email me after the first talk I delivered, saying: “Martin, just wanted to thank you for your help with the Burton Albion Players, I thought the way you delivered was fantastic. Not easy keeping 10 footballers interested for a whole hour. Thanks again for your time and enthusiasm.”