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2016 Alumnus Anthony Wolfe Awarded for Research

2016 Hamline graduate Anthony Wolfe received one of only three undergraduate awards presented at the national American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) meeting this spring in Boston. ACSM is the premiere organization of exercise scientists and physiologists in the nation. Wolfe was a Ridgway Research Fellow and a double major in exercise science and public health sciences. He conducted his honors thesis research with Professor Lisa Stegall, director of Hamline's Public Health Sciences. Learn more about the award here.

Based on work done by Dr. Stegall during her dissertation research several years ago, Wolfe developed a study to address some unanswered questions in the realm of during-exercise nutritional supplementation and exercise performance. A lot of research shows that athletes who consume a combination of carbohydrates and protein can improve endurance in long duration sports. The combination can also improve post-exercise recovery. However, the role of added protein for shorter, race-like performance and shorter recovery times between same-day competitions is less clear.

Wolfe's study compared two beverages that contained the same carbohydrates. One included protein; the other did not. He conducted the study on performance in two same-day time trials and also measured leg strength recovery. He found that there was no difference between the two treatments. This discovery adds to the knowledge base of conditions under which there is an advantage to combining carbohydrates and protein. It appears that in shorter, more realistic race-like events, either the carbohydrates alone or the combination lead to similar results.

Wolfe has been accepted to the exercise physiology graduate program at the University of Texas, Austin, currently the second-ranked program of its kind in the U.S. He was also chosen to work with the renowned physiologist Dr. Ed Coyle, who has published extensively in human performance and exercise metabolism.