Special Issue "Exercise-Nutrition Interactions Promoting Skeletal Muscle Adaptation"

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643). This special issue belongs to the section "Sports Nutrition".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 April 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Donny Camera
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Guest Editor
Health and Medical Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia
Interests: muscle protein synthesis; protein metabolism; exercise adaptations; muscle hypertrophy; nutrient timing; muscle strength; concurrent exercise

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Skeletal muscle plays key roles in strength, locomotion and metabolic regulation. Preserving skeletal muscle mass and function with advancing age are paramount to promoting healthy aging and continued independence. Moreover, it is essential for athletes to maintain muscle mass to ensure peak performance in their given sport. However, the age-related loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength—a clinical condition termed sarcopenia—is associated with numerous functional impairments and physical disabilities. Exercise represents a major challenge to skeletal muscle homeostasis that induces alterations in muscle glycogen concentration, satellite cell activity, mitochondrial biogenesis and net protein balance. Importantly, exercise-induced contraction can also ‘sensitize’ skeletal muscle to nutrient intake, which is a key factor mediating skeletal muscle adaptations with resistance, aerobic and high-intensity interval exercise. Specifically, dietary protein ingestion increases the rates of muscle protein synthesis necessary for skeletal muscle remodeling. Carbohydrate is the predominant macronutrient fueling high-intensity exercise, mediating glycogen resynthesis. Advancing the knowledge regarding post-exercise and daily dietary strategies is important in order to optimize nutrient recommendations that support skeletal muscle mass, quality and function. The aim of this Special Issue is to collect original articles and reviews that discuss the interactive effects of exercise with nutrient intake variables such as timing, daily distribution, type and food ‘matrix’ that promote skeletal muscle adaptation responses.

Dr. Donny Camera
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • nutrient timing
  • protein availability
  • protein synthesis
  • exercise adaptation
  • carbohydrate intake
  • muscle glycogen
  • net protein balance
  • muscle hypertrophy
  • muscle metabolism
  • muscle loss

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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