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Louise Burke - Head of Sports Nutrition

Prof Louise Burke

OAM, PhD, BSc, Grad Dip Diet, FSMA, FACSM


  • PhD – Deakin University
  • BSc (Nutr) – Deakin University
  • Grad Dip Diet – Deakin University
  • Accredited Practicing Dietitian
  • Fellow of American College of Sports Medicine, Sports Dietitians Australia, Sports Medicine Australia


  • Manager of AIS Sports Nutrition team of 6 sports dietitians, 3 Fellows in Sports Nutrition, 5 consultant sports dietitians, 2 administrators
  • Provide nutrition services for Australia's Road Cycling and Track & Field programs
  • Coordinator of AIS Sports Supplement Frameowrk
  • Team dietitian for the Australian Olympic team (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012)
  • Director of IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition distance education program

Professional interests

  • Research
    • Nutritional periodisation – fat adaptation, “train low, compete high”
    • Fluid needs for optimal performance
    • Carbohydrate metabolism and performance of exercise
    • Protein needs for adaptation and recovery
    • Nutritional ergogenic aids
    • Pre-cooling strategies for exercise in hot conditions
    • Post-exercise recovery
    • Low Energy Availability in male and female athletes

Educational material

  • 2 textbooks (“Practical Sports Nutrition” and “Clinical Sports Nutrition”)
  • Several lay books including “Complete Guide to Food for Sports Performance”
  • 4 cookbooks
  • >150 peer reviewed papers and book chapters

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