To critically assess a published article in sports science Journal, and discuss its significance in the greater context of applied sports nutrition.
Sports nutrition is a field that is constantly evolving. In many situations, new research and emerging science drives changes in guidelines and practices. In other cases, people who may or may not have adequate training in sports nutrition heavily promote novel themes and recommendations. When working in sport, particularly at the elite level, it is important to be able to carefully critique current issues in sports nutrition to be able to make informed decisions.
You will be required to provide a critique of the methodology, data analysis and interpretation of results for the following article:
Evans, M., Tierney, P., Gray, N., Hawe, G., Macken, M., & Egan, B. (2018). Acute ingestion of caffeinated chewing gum improves repeated Sprint performance of team sport athletes with low habitual caffeine consumption. International journal of sport nutrition and exercise metabolism, 28(3), 221-227.
In addition to a critique, provide i) a brief discussion of how the paper may influence the use of the particular intervention in an applied setting, ii) what future research should address to improve upon the study and our understanding/application of the topic. A take-home message for athletes/practitioners should be included.
It is important to note that a critique is NOT the same as a summary. A critique is concerned more with an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the paper
and how these might impact our decision to use a particular intervention. While some summary is required to provide context, most marks will be attributed to the assessment and discussion of key points. You should also try to use references to support any assertions you may have.
Your critique should include the following (i.e. use this as a framework for your paper): • A brief introduction to the topic, and why this study is of interest • Critical assessment and review of the rationale, methodology, results and conclusion • How the paper may inform the decision of a nutritionist/dietitian in utilising the intervention • What future research should address to fill any shortcomings or improve upon the findings • Brief summary of your critique & take home message
The word limit of this assessment is 2000 words (±10%). This does not include your references. Use the weighting of each section (detailed below) as an indication of how much you should write in each part.
Marking Criteria Marks Introduction 5
Critical assessment 10
Implications on practice 5
Future research 5
Summary & take home message 3
Total / 36