Michèle completed his undergraduate studies at Kingston university in London, graduating with a 1st class honours degree in exercise nutrition and health. Following this he completed a master’s degree in applied sports nutrition at St Mary’s Twickenham university in London. He also has applied experience from both commercial and clinical settings. Including roles as a freelance sports nutritionist, clinical health advisor and personal trainer.
Sports Nutrition in Team Sport Athletes
His current research focuses on sport nutrition within team sport athletes. Ongoing projects include evaluating the adequacy of dietary intake by female team sport athletes and how this may impact both health and performance, investigating the sports nutrition knowledge of athletes and how this may influence dietary intake and exploring the cooking and food skills of team sport athletes.
Michèle’s project aims to provide an educational framework and practical tools to support optimum nutrition in team sport athletes.
Michèle’s systematic literature review identified that the dietary intake of female field-based team sport athletes was insufficient in overall energy, carbohydrate, and iron intake, when compared to recommendations. His investigations into the nutrition knowledge of female Gaelic games highlighted that future education interventions with female Gaelic games players may lead to beneficial changes in dietary behaviour and would likely benefit from stratifying content based on athletes’ demographic characteristics.
Ó Catháin, C., Fleming, J., Renard, M., & Kelly, D. (2020, May 15). Dietary Intake of Gaelic Football Players during Game Preparation and Recovery. Sports (Basel), 8(5). https://doi.org/10.3390/sports8050062 Renard, M., Kelly, D. T., Cheilleachair, N. N., & Cathain, C. O. (2020, Nov 29). Evaluation of Nutrition Knowledge in Female Gaelic Games Players. Sports (Basel), 8(12). https://doi.org/10.3390/sports8120154 Renard, M., Anton-Solanas, A., Kelly, D., & Ó Catháin, C. (2021). Evaluation of nutrition knowledge in elite and sub-elite Gaelic football players. Science and Medicine in Football, 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1080/24733938.2021.1883195 Renard, M., Kelly, D., Chéilleachair, N., & Ó Catháin, C. (2021). How Does the Dietary Intake of Female Field-Based Team Sport Athletes Compare to Dietary Recommendations for Health and Performance? A Systematic Literature Review. Nutrients, 13(4). https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13041235
Dr Ciarán Ó Catháin, Dr David Kelly, Dr Niamh Ní Chéilleachair