Scientific Podcasts

The Ultra Sports Science Foundation provides these podcasts as part of our educational mission.  In these sessions, we chat with scientists and clinicians who are generating new knowledge related to ultra-endurance sports, bringing you some insight directly from those in the know.

We hope you enjoy and benefit from these podcasts.  Feel free to let us know what you think by sending an email.

Our podcasts are here, and more are coming!

  • Dr. Matthew White interviews Dr. Karen Birkenhead on the following publication (June 2018):

Birkenhead K, Lovell G, Barr SL, Solomon C. Changes in physical activity across the lifetime of current ultra-endurance exercisers. J Phys Activity Res. 2018;3(1):11-19.

  • Dr. Matthew White interviews Dr. Éric Goulet on the following publication (May 2018):

Goulet EDB, De La Flore A, Savoie FA, Gosselin J. Salt + glycerol-induced hyperhydration enhances fluid retention more than salt- or glycerol-induced hyperhydration. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2018;17:1-7.

The abstract is available by clicking here.

  • Dr. Matthew White interviews Dr. Jonathan Little on the following publication (April 2018):

O’Malley T, Myette-Cote E, Durrer C, Little JP. Nutritional ketone salts increase fat oxidation but impair high-intensity exercise performance in healthy adult males. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2017;42(10):1031-1035.

  • Dr. Matthew White interviews Mr. Fionn McSwiney and Dr. Lorna Doyle on the following publication (March 2018):

McSwiney FT, Wardrop B, Hyde PN, Lafountain RA, Volek JS, Doyle L. Keto-adaptation enhances exercise performance and body composition responses to training in endurance athletes. Metabolism. 2018;81:25-34.

The abstract is available by clicking here.

  • Dr. Matthew White interviews Dr. Kristen Stuempfle on the following publication (February 2018):

Hoffman MD, Valentino TR, Stuempfle KJ, Hassid BV. A placebo-controlled trial of riboflavin for enhancement of ultramarathon recovery. Sports Med Open. 2017 Dec;3(1):14.

The paper is available by clicking here.

  • Dr. Matthew White interviews Dr. Marty Hoffman on the following publication (November 2017):

Hoffman MD, Goulet EDB, Maughan RJ. Considerations in the use of body mass change to estimate change in hydration status during a 161-kilometer ultramarathon running competition. Sports Med. 2018;48(2):243-250.

The paper is available by clicking here .

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About Your Host

Matthew D. White, PhD

Dr. Matthew D. White (Université Laval) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada.  His areas of research interest include human physiological responses at rest and during exercise at altitude, during undersea diving, as well as in cold and/or hot environments.  His basic research stream is directed to help resolve the mechanisms of control and regulation of breathing in hyperthermic humans.  Applied research topics in his laboratory include cold and heat acclimation of athletes in preparation for competition in extreme climates, testing of technical garment performance in extreme environments and exercise performance studies of mountain ultramarathon runners.  He has mentored over 30 postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduate honors students.

Dr. White was an alpine ski racer for over 20 years and has competed in endurance sports including cross-country ski loppets, mountain ultramarathons, and triathlons as well as other multi-discipline events.