Dr. Lawrence Spriet

A photograph of Dr. Lawrence Spriet.
Phone number: 
ext. 53745 (Office), ext. 53907 (Lab)
ANNU 244
ANNU 203

B.Sc. - University of Waterloo
M.Sc. - York University
Ph.D. - McMaster University

Dr. Spriet's basic research examines how skeletal muscle generates the large amounts of energy needed to exercise and compete in work and sport situations. The pathways that metabolize carbohydrate and lipid as fuel to produce energy are studied in human skeletal muscle. His practical research examines whether compounds that are purported to be "ergogenic" or work enhancing agents actually augment muscle metabolism and/or improve human performance (e.g. blood doping, creatine, carnitine, pyruvate, taurine, caffeine and omega-3 fatty acids). He also conducts hydration/sweat testing and research aimed at counteracting the effects of dehydration in athletes engaging in stop-and-go sports like ice hockey, basketball, and soccer.

Wickham, K., DG. McCarthy, JM Pereira, DT Cervone, LB Verdijk, LJC van Loon, GA Power, and LL Spriet. No effect of beetroot juice supplementation on exercise economy and performance in recreationally active females despite increased muscle torque production. Physiol Rep 7(2):e13982, 2019.


Spriet LL. Guest editor. Preface: Performance nutrition for athletes. Sports Med 49:S1-S2, 2019.


Liska, D, E Mah, T Brisbois, P Barrios, LB. Baker, and LL Spriet. Narrative review of hydration and selected health outcomes in the general population. Nutrients 11(1):E70, 2019.


 Thompson, KMA, AK Whinton, S Ferth, LL Spriet, and JF Burr. Ischemic preconditioning: No influence on maximal sprint acceleration. Int J Sports Physiol Perf 13:986-990, 2018.


Maughan, R, LM Burke, J Dvorak, DE Larson-Meyer, P Peeling, SM Phillips, ES Rawson, NP Walsh, I Garthe, H Geyer, R Meeusen, LJC van Loon, SM Shirreffs, LL Spriet, MC Stuart, A Vernec, K Currell, V Mohammed-Ali, R Budgett, A Ljungqvist, M Mountjoy, YP Pitsiladis, T Soligard and L Engebretsen. IOC consensus statement: dietary supplements and the high-performance athlete. Br J Sports Med 52:439-455, 2018.


Gamble, ASD, ML Mountjoy, JL Bigg, and LL Spriet. Implementation of injury and illness surveillance protocols in varsity athletes. Clin J Sports Med May 2018, PMID: 29727359.


Haines, J, S Douglas, JA Mirotta, CO’Kane, R Breau, K Walton, O Krystia, E Chamoun, A Annis, GA Darlington, AC Buchholz, AM Duncan, LA Vallis, LL Spriet, DM Mutch, P Brauer, E Allen-Vercoe, EM Taveras, and DWL Ma on behalf of the Guelph Family Health Study. Guelph family health study: pilot study of a home-based obesity prevention intervention. Can J Public Health 109:549-560,2018.


Thompson, KMA, AK Whinton, S Ferth, LL Spriet, and JF Burr. Moderate load resisted sprints do not improve subsequent sprint performance in varsity level sprinters. J Strength Cond Res Mar 22, 2018. PMID: 29570579.


Palmer, MS, GJF Heigenhauser, M Duong, and LL Spriet. Ingestion of a carbohydrate-electrolyte solution during simulated ice hockey exercise increases performance and glycogen use while minimizing perception of effort. Int J Sports Med 38:1061-1069, 2017.

  • HK*3600 Applied Human Biology I 
  • KIN*4400 Independent Research in Kinesiology - Guelph-Humber
Name Role  
Bigg, J. PhD Student  
Boyd, L. MSc Student  
Gamble, A. PhD Student  
Nyman, D. MSc Student  
Vanderheyden, A. MSc Student  

Dr. Spriet is no longer accepting applications from potential graduate students.