Professor Graeme Close

Expert Nutrition Consultant for Elite Rugby, British Ski & Snowboard and Researcher

"I am proud to offer my support to Healthspan Elite given as this is a company that shares many of the same standards as me. They make no-nonsense, high quality fully tested products that are research informed and scientifically cutting edge. Over the next few years I look forward to advising Chris and his team helping them to develop the next generation of quality supplements and provide them with my scientific appraisal of the current research literature."

Graeme is currently the expert nutrition consultant to England rugby, the lead nutritionist for British Ski and Snowboard as well as working with professional jockeys and European Tour golfers (including 2 Ryder Cup players). Originally a professional rugby league player for Warrington Wolves, Workington Town and Leigh Centurions (1995-2001), Graeme graduated in sports science from L.J.M.U in 1999 and went on to complete his PhD at the same institute investigating the role of free radicals in delayed onset muscle soreness.

In 2003 he joined Professor Malcolm Jacksons’ group at the University of Liverpool, originally as a post doc but later as a lecturer in translational research, working on BBSRC and RiA grants investigating the role of free radicals in sarcopenia. In 2010 Graeme returned to LJMU where he is now a reader in applied physiology and sport nutrition and is the programme leader for the MSc in sport nutrition.

Graeme’s current research is focused upon the effects of vitamin D deficiencies in athletic performance, the effects of lifelong exercise on sarcopenia and the effects of weight-making on health and performance. From an applied perspective, Graeme is accredited with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA), he is an accredited physiologist with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and is on the Sport and Exercise Nutrition register (SENr). He is currently the deputy chair of SENr.



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