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Calling for Volunteers - Monash University Gut Training Study

posted Aug 27, 2014, 5:31 PM by Casey-Cardinia Athletics

If members of Casey Cardinia Athletics Club are experiencing gut issues in regards to food intake during exercise and subsequent reduced performance, this may be a study of interest to you and your members.  This study aims to train the athlete’s gut to reduce gut related problems by changing the diet during exercise allowing the athlete to cope with greater energy intake during exercise which could subsequently enhance exercise performance.


Attached below is a brief outline of the study, assessments that may be of interest and contact details.



Aim: To investigate whether the gut can be trained to cope better with exercise strain and improve the tolerance to food and drink intake during exercise in ambient temperatures to ultimately improve exercise performance.


Currently recruiting: Males & Females, aged 18 to 40 years. 

Recreational, Amateur and Elite Level Endurance Athletes, (Others may enquire within).  


Benefits: As part of the study, the individual will receive results from a full fitness assessment (V02max test) using the latest breath-by-breath system and a full dietary assessment (services collectively valued at $340). Participants will also be provided with a recovery meal after each experimental day.


You will be required to attend Monash University, Department of Nutrition & Dietetics- Be Active Sleep & Eat (BASE) Facility on two full but non-consecutive days, and perform the gut training over two weeks (1 hour per day) period.


For expression of interest or more information in regards to the study, please do not hesitate to contact me in regards to the Initial Assessments held in September 2014 in the next 7 days, Luisa Liu ( or alternatively directly contact the Project Supervisor Dr. Ricardo Costa (03) 9905 6861 or and we will respond to your enquiries.


This Project is being supervised by:

Dr. Ricardo Costa PhD, RD, RSEN, FHEA

Lecturer & Researcher in Sport & Exercise Dietetics & Nutrition


This study has been approved by Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee: CF13/3645 – 2013001874