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Shaun Chapman

PhD Researcher
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Psychology and Sport Science

[email protected]

Twitter @shaunchapman12

Research interests

Thesis title:

Assessment of dietary intake of British Army recruits, and the influence of protein supplementation on training adaptations.

Supervisory Team

Dr Justin Roberts

Dr Lee Smith

Research Group

Shaun is a member of our Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Summary of Research

Shaun works as part of the Army recruit health and performance research team within the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD). The team’s research aims are to establish strategies to improve training outcomes and reduce the number of recruits injured during training. Amongst others these strategies may be linked to physical training, nutrition, sleep, biomechanics and extreme environment training.

Shaun’s area of interest is health and exercise nutrition. For his MSc he focused on the effects of a ketogenic diet on fat oxidation under the supervision of Dr Justin Roberts. He is also collaborating with Dr Roberts on further research into ketogenic diets and intermittent fasting. In addition to his PhD and role within the MOD, Shaun lectures on our Nutrition for Health and Exercise, and Performance and Exercise Nutrition modules.

The aims of Shaun's PhD are to understand habitual dietary intake in British Army recruits and whether an additional moderate or high dose of protein per day influences protein metabolism and training adaptations. This research programme will inform future British Army training policy and could lead to increasing nutrition provision to recruits during training.

Selected recent publications

O’Leary, T.J., Wardle, S.L, Rawcliffe, A.J., Chapman, S., Mole, J. and Greeves, J.P., 2020. Understanding the musculoskeletal injury risk of women in combat: the effect of infantry training and sex on musculoskeletal injury incidence during British Army basic training. BMJ Mil Health, 0, pp.1-5.

Chapman, S., Roberts, J., Smith, L., Rawcliffe, A. and Izard, R., 2019. Sex differences in dietary intake in British Army recruits undergoing phase one training. J Int Soc Sport Nut, 16, pp.1-9.

Tiller, N.B., Roberts, J.D., Beardsley, L., Chapman, S., et al., 2019. International Society of Sports Nutrition Position Stand: nutritional considerations for single-stage ultra-marathon training and racing. J Int Soc Sport Nut, 16, pp.1-23.

Conference abstract

Chapman, S., Gordon, D., Roberts, J., 2016. The effects of sex on fat metabolism during exercise. In: British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences Student Conference, Bangor University, 22-23 March 2016.

Recent presentations and conferences

The International Sport and Exercise Nutrition Conferences, 2018, University of Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne.

The British Association for Sport and Exercise Science Student Conference, 2016, Bangor University.