Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition


This module is focused on developing students’ knowledge, skills, and competencies to critically evaluate current developments in sport and exercise nutrition, targeting both health and sports performance outcomes in a variety of populations. The scientific disciplines of exercise physiology, biochemistry and immunology will be emphasised as students critically evaluate the underlying evidence supporting benchmark nutritional guidelines and recommendations given to individuals/groups partaking in exercise. Laboratory sessions will provide practical experience of various anthropometrical, nutritional and hydration assessment techniques; alongside applying knowledge of area specific theories into practice through a kitchen laboratory session. Particular reference to the roles and responsibilities of the sport and exercise nutrition expert when working in multi-disciplinary teams will be emphasised.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Interpret the role of macro- and micro-nutrients in human energy transfer systems active during different types of exercise and recognise the nutritional implications.

  2. Evaluate physiological, nutritional and anthropometric measurements to assess fitness, nutrition status, hydration status and body composition and interpret these results for dietary intervention.

  3. Critique the physiological effect of the environment upon sport and exercise performance and demonstrate awareness of dietary strategies for preparation and management of environmental stressors.

  4. Describe immune responses to exercise and evaluate the role of nutrition and hydration within exercise- induced immune perturbations.

  5. Analyse evidence-based nutritional and hydration requirements for active individual/s over a wide range of sporting activities and levels.

  6. Create suitable evidence-based practical food and fluid strategies which take into account the assessment data and unique characteristics of the individual/team.

  7. Recognise the role and responsibilities of the sport and exercise nutrition expert within the sporting multi-disciplinary team.

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