Thanks to recently graduated dietitian Aidan Muir from Ideal Nutrition, who has been interviewing a few dietitians about their careers. Here is a little insight into mine.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your career?
I always wanted to work in sports nutrition and community nutrition. After graduation, I started working at a community health centre and then shortly after, part-time at the Western Bulldogs AFL club. So, I was doing what I wanted. And then, to cut a long story short because it’s been 23 years, I increased my sports work when my son was born. It’s been nearly 18 years!
The next thing I did was work with the Australian cricket team part-time for seven years. I have always done some private practice and some form of presenting throughout. For the past nine years, I have been working at Hawthorn Football Club. I’ve seen three premierships there and during that time I also consulted with Melbourne Storm for about four years, Melbourne City A league soccer team from their first year for 4 years and Melbourne Rebels for their first year. Lots of men’s elite sport—team sports have been my specialty.
I’ve worked at Swisse Wellness one day a week for about nine years, mainly providing input into their sports’ supplement range, looking at 3rd party supplement testing, educating health professionals about TGA and FSANZ regulations and writing about health in general. I’m also President of Sports Dietitians Australia, what a fabulous organisation and am a media spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia where I love to chat on radio, comment for TV and contribute to journalists print and online media.
On top of all that I’m currently writing a book.
WHAT DOES COMPLETING YEAR 12 AND A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE HAVE IN COMMON? NUTRITION TIPS TO PERFORM AT YOUR BEST TO THE END.
It is my debut year as a parent of a VCE student and my advice to my son from the start has been that this is like training for a sporting event with finals time being exam time….. that first week of November. As a sports dietitian working with professional athletes in the AFL, I can see lots of similarities with completing year 12.
As an athlete, your focus is on improving your physical skills to perform at your best during a game. For a student, skill development is gaining knowledge to perform at your best on assessments. I have a few nutrition tips that might come in handy.
Simone: When I first met you Luke, you were not a fan of having your skinfold measurements taken. The target skinfold levels were a struggle to reach and diet was not a major priority.
Luke: I was a young kid who was just playing football but not so much into the professional side like diet. I probably drank too much and ate too much!
Over the years I have worked with a range of men’s elite sporting teams from the:
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