NeuroSports 2019- Scott Forbes Ph.D
Scott Forbes Ph.D
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- The Society for NeuroSports will be soon hosting its very first annual conference in Florida (November 15th-16th 2019).
- The event will bring together some of the most prominent names in sports neuroscience, which is particularly exciting as this domain is a relatively uncharted territory.
- The Society for NeuroSports is the only non-profit academic society dedicated to promoting the integration of neuroscience with exercise & sport science. NeuroSports, the cerebral sister organisation of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, is the world's leader in providing science-based sports neuroscience information.
- We are all very thrilled to get the ball rolling on this exciting journey. After all, the complex interplay between brain, exercise and nutrition has played second fiddle to other areas of research for quite some time and only now begins to emerge as a fully fledged, independent category.
It is precisely for these reasons that periodically, KC-performance.com will be running a feature post highlighting the work of some of the most brilliant minds you will get to meet at the 1st Annual Society for NeuroSports Conference in Nov 15th-16th, 2019, Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort!
Dr. Scott Forbes is an assistant professor in the department of Physical Education at Brandon University, Canada. His primary interest is in sport science and has focused on various nutritional and training interventions to enhance athlete performance. In addition, he has expertise examining nutritional and exercise interventions for optimal muscle and brain health in older adults.
In my day-to-day work, I do the following:
Research and teach
If money was no object, I would like to see more research in the following areas of sports neuroscience:
There is a need to examine nutritional AND exercise strategies combined to optimize brain health in various populations and diseases. For example, what is the best dosing strategy to increase brain creatine levels and does creatine combined with exercise (aerobic or resistance) modulate cognition? I also believe that studies need to be much longer, as the development of cognitive disorders occurs over long periods of time (e.g. decades)....obviously difficult and expensive (but "money was no object").
What important truth do very few people agree with you on?
Creatine can be neuroprotective and that creatine can enhance fat loss.
What challenges do you envisage for sports neuroscience?
I believe there are 3 main challenges. 1. How do we measure cognitive function in real world sport settings? 2. Specifically with regards to nutrition, I believe the entire diet plays a role over long periods of time (lifetime), which is often a limitation of short term randomized controlled trials. 3. Understanding individual responses!
Other than nutrition, exercise, meditation and good sleep hygiene, what do you do to work on your cognition?
You nailed the sledgehammers...I also supplement with creatine.
Top three books everyone should read.
I prefer to read peer-reviewed science articles! Lame...I know!
Sports Neuroscience is meaningful to me because:
I play a team sport and I believe reaction time, processing speed, decision making ability, etc play a massive role. However, the science is lacking. An organization bringing together sport science and neuroscience is going to make a big impact. I am excited for the next 5-10 years!
A couple of fun facts about me:
I competed at the world championships in Canoe Polo. My upper body is stronger than my lower body.