This is a three-stage workshop including the following:

Stage 1: Pre-Workshop Preparation Theoretical background.

Mandatory pre learning reading that must be completed for stages 1 and 2. Please allow sufficient time for this to be completed, we suggest 2 weeks with a total of 4 hours. Post-activity questions will be forwarded to participant, to informally assess knowledge and understanding in preparation for Stage 2.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Describe the different gastrointestinal symptoms experienced by individuals participating in sport and exercise, including the degree of incidence and severity.
  • Explain the concept of exercise-induced gastrointestinal syndrome (exercise-associated perturbations to gastrointestinal integrity, function, and systemic responses), and the associated acute and chronic health implication.
  • Describe the key extrinsic and intrinsic factors that exacerbate exercise-associated perturbations to gastrointestinal status.
  • Summarise the current evidence-based prevention and management strategies for exercise-associated gastrointestinal perturbations and symptoms.
  • Evaluate the efficacy of prevention and management strategies in the professional practice setting.

Stage 2: Case-Study Workshop (Application to professional practice)

Four hours face-to-face case-study workshop based on Stage 1 learning task.

Program and content developed by international leader (practitioner and research) in the field; Dr Ricardo Costa from the Department of Nutrition Dietetic & Food, Monash University.

Face-to-face delivery facilitated by Dr Ricardo Costa and Stephanie Gaskell (AdvSD and exercise gastroenterology practitioner and researcher.

Learning outcomes:

  • Describe the basic components of gut health in athletes.
  • Describe and develop a standard and tailored gastrointestinal assessment protocol during exercise aimed at determining causal mechanism(s) of exercise-associated gastrointestinal perturbations and symptoms. 
  • Interpret and explain data outcome of a gastrointestinal assessment protocol during exercise.
  • Provide rationale and justification for appropriate interventional strategies to prevent and/or manage exercise-associated gastrointestinal perturbation and symptoms.

*Stage 3: Optional Practical laboratory session- gastrointestinal assessment procedures during exercise. Registrations will not be made with SDA but with Dr Ricardo Costa at to secure your place.

Practical session delivery facilitated by Dr Ricardo Costa, Stephanie Gaskell (AdvSD), Chris Rauch (exercise gastroenterology practitioner and researcher).

Friday June 28th– at Monash University, Department of Nutrition Dietetic & Food, Monash University

2 x sessions (AM & PM at 4hours duration) 1 x PM session (4 hours duration)

Registrations will be capped at 16 people per session.

Session activities- Perform a gastrointestinal assessment protocol during exercise in a group setting.

This will Include:

  • Measuring physiological strain markers during endurance exercise
  • Measuring blood glucose and lactate responses
  • Carbohydrate and fat oxidation rates
  • Breath sample collection and analysis
  • Hydration status and hydration change markers
  • Application of validated and reliability tested gastrointestinal symptoms and feeding tolerance assessment tool
  • Explain other markers for determining gastrointestinal integrity and function, and systemic responses
  • Interpret and discuss data outcomes
  • Application in data based intervention
  • Athlete report development

This will include: