Health, Nutrition and Sports

Responsible Dr. Enrique Roche Collado



The research group has focused on the role that Nutrition plays in the prevention and treatment of diseases that develop together with what is known as metabolic syndrome: obesity, hypertension, dyslipidemia, cardiovascular pathology and diabetes. The group also studies aspects related to diet design and supplementation for different sports disciplines, taking into account the moment into the sports cycle and particularities of each discipline.

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Nutritional intervention with Elche CF (Spanish league first division football team)




Line 1: Characterization of circulating patterns in obese people with hyperfagy vs sedentary

Study the circulatory patterns (hormones, metabolites and microRNAs) that are generated in various situations related to the act of eating and that usually manifest overweight or obese subjects with hyperphagic behaviors. Hyperphagy is characterized by an uncontrolled food intake, accompanied by reduced energy expenditure. The idea of the line is to establish patterns that can provide information for more efficient nutritional, physical activity, behavioral and pharmacological therapies.

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Material and software to determine body composition


Line 2: Design and validation of sports supplements

Athletes are the main consumers of ergogenic aids. These aids are taken for 3 different purposes: increasing muscle mass, improving performance and optimization of recovery. These aids must have a solid scientific basis to demonstrate its effectiveness. They must also take into account the sports discipline, the time of the season and the population segment to which they are aimed. The ergogenic action should be completed with a correct diet and a proper training plan.

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Determining muscle mass gain

N. Vicente-Salar, G. Santos-Sánchez, E. Roche
Nutritional ergogenic aids in racquet sports: a systematic review
Nutrientes (2020).

B. Vera-Pérez, M.I. Arribas, N. Vicente-Salar, J.A. Reig, E. Roche
DNA methylation profile of different clones of human adipose stem cells does not allow to predict their differentiation potential
Journal of Histotechonology (2019).

N. Vicente-Salar, A. Urdampilleta-Otegui, E. Roche Collado
Endurance training in fasting conditions: Biological adaptations and body weight management
Nutrición Hospitalaria 32: 2409-2420 (2015).

A. Urdampilleta, J. Álvarez-Herms, J.M. Martínez-Sanz, F. Corbi, E. Roche
Readaptación física en futbolistas mediante vibraciones mecánicas e hipoxia
Revista Internacional de Medicina y Ciencias de la Actividad Física y Deporte (2014).

N. Vicente-Salar, G. Santos-Sánchez, E. Roche
Nutritional ergogenic aids in racquet sports: A systematic review
Nutrients (2020).

M. Beltrá-García-Calvo, K. Soares-Micoanski; E.M. Navarrete-Muñoz; A.B. Ropero-Lara
Nutrient composition of foods marketed to children or adolescents sold in the Spanish market: Are they any better?
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (2020).

A.B. Ropero-Lara, N. Blain-Marín, M. Beltrá-García-Calvo
Nutrition claims frequency and compliance in a food sample of the Spanish market: The BADALI Study
Nutrients (2020).

V.M. García-Hernández, M. Gallar, J. Sánchez-Soriano, V. Micol, E. Roche, E. García-García
Effect of omega-3 dietary supplements with different oxidation levels in the lipidic profile of women: a randomized controlled trial
International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition (2013).

N. Vicente-Salar, E. Roche, B. Leyva-Vela, A. Martínez-Rodríguez
Analysis of body composition and dietetic patterns in male field hockey players
International Journal of Medicine and Science of Physical Activity and Sport (2021).

C. Doménech, F. Alacid, E. Roche, R. Reina
Morphological characteristics of visually impaired tennis practitioners
Revista Andaluza de Medicina del Deporte (2020).

Documentary for the GYMSEN Project. Funding agency: Vice-rectorate for Research and Innovation of Miguel Hernández University. Duration: 2017.
PI: Enrique Roche Collado

Attendance at “2nd EuroSciCon Conference on Food Technology” Rome, 14-16 May 2018. Funding agency: Miguel Hernández University. Duration: 2018.
PI: Enrique Roche Collado

Effect of cultivation techniques, zoning and almond variety on the quality of PGI nougat. Funding agency: Generalitat Valenciana. Duration: 2020-2021.
PI: Elena García García

Program to improve eating habits in the infant and primary school environment in the CEIPs of Ibi. Funding agency: Ibi City Council. Duration: 2020.
PI: Ana Belén Ropero Lara

Particular brain patterns in obese people with hyperphagia vs. sedentary obese people. Funding agency: Vice-Rectorate for Research (UMH). Duration: 2020-2021.
PI: Enrique Roche Collado

  1. UMH-TV: Eating well to study better (17-1-2020)
  2. UMH Sapiens: Responsible consumption of sports supplements. Nº 27, May 2020, p 10-11.