My Week at Uni – Stuck

I’m very much looking forward to the Christmas break. Struggling to stay motivated to get work done before the break! Not long to go now, just a couple more weeks.

Uni sessions were more ‘full on’ this week which may have contributed to me not wanting to get a load of report writing done. I had a session on micronutrients and performance which was really interesting and a tutorial to help us prepare for our exam. For our research project we actually had a ‘live’ lecture this week but it was a little late. We were meant to have a data session but they changed it to be about research ethics and provide information and support for applying for approval. I think a few students had complained that there was no information provided and so they added the session in but it’s a little bit too little too late really because I’ve already submitted my form. Still waiting to hear back so we’ll see if I need to resubmit. You’d have thought they’d have the timetable for the module sorted by now – it’s not their first year running this!

My client for my Nutrition and Performance assessment has gone AWOL so I’m hoping I get the information back from her asap otherwise I can’t get my report written and finished!

I did get my mark and feedback for my CV and interview assessment and was overjoyed with the 95% so, ending on a high, it’s been a decent week!

Personal learning this week: It’s important to reflect on a week – seeing the bigger picture things can look more positive than focusing in on one aspect.

Interesting things I’ve learnt this week:

  • Athletes produce more free radicals – but they also produce more antioxidants. Isn’t the body clever! Free radicals are atoms which contain an unpaired electron, they go round the body wreaking havoc and antioxidants donate an electron to free radicals neutralising them, without becoming free radicals themselves. Muscle contractions and muscle damage causes more free radicals to become present in the body, but this causes more enzymatic antioxidants to be produced to help keep the body in balance. However, athletes often need a bit of help through dietary antioxidants, eating foods which contain vitamins A, C, E, carotenoids, polyphenols and anthocyanins.
  • You can have too much vitamin C – long-term high doses (>1g a day) can do the body more harm than good. Whilst vitamin C is an antioxidant, in high doses it has a pro-oxidant effect (which is the opposite of what we want). For athletes, it can also impair the production of new mitochondria which will reduce the amount of energy able to be produced by a muscle and also reduce exercise-induced blood flow.
  • Mauritius are culling an endangered species – the Mauritius fruit bat is native to Mauritius and exists nowhere else yet the government there has authorised a cull of 10% of the species to protect their fruit industry. It’s a controversial topic – the bats cause issues but we need to protect the species from becoming extinct. Mauritius has already seen 2 of their bat species become extinct, it is a unique environment and they need to protect their industries but they also need to protect their wildlife.

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