Heather Sprenger, PhD

Heather Sprenger
Job Title: 
Lead, Research & Innovation
Sport Physiology
Research & Innovation

PhD Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, University of Guelph


Heather received her PhD degree from the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph. The Gatorade Sport Science Institute (GSSI) funded her graduate research: investigating fluid balance before and during exercise and the effects of exercise-induced dehydration on physiological responses, substrate oxidation, muscle metabolism, and performance. Currently Heather applies the principles of sport physiology to many teams and athletes across both the province and country as the Lead of Physiology and Research and Innovation at the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario.

Being a two-sport National Team athlete herself, in both ice hockey and road cycling, Heather’s current research is focused on multi-disciplinary applied sport science research initiatives to improve podium potential and performance in Canadian athletes. Heather has published in such journals as Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, American Journal Physiology, Endocrinology and Metabolism, and the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism.

Professional Affiliations: 
  • American Physiological Society
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • International Society for Clinical Densitometry Skeletal Health
  • International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry
Research Interests: 
  • Multi-Disciplinary Applied Sport Science Research Initiatives to Improve Podium Potential and Performance in Canadian Athletes