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Study sports nutrition to improve your performance and knowledge of nutrition for the sports person.

What should you eat to optimise sporting performance?

  • Develop your understanding of the way nutrition relates to sporting performance.
  • This course details some elements such as energy in the athlete's body, fluids, competition and training diets.
  • Perfect for the amateur sportsman or anyone wanting to increase their training levels or those of someone else.


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Study nutrition for sports and exercise. 

This course provides a solid foundation to good sports nutrition for amateur and professional sports men and women.

Learn more about -

  • nutrition,
  • energy,
  • healthy eating for competitions,
  • healthy eating whilst training,
  • the importance of fluids,
  • weight management and much more.



This course will be useful for persons  in the following careers -

  • athletes,
  • coaches,
  • amateur and professional sports people,
  • personal trainers,
  • athletes looking to improve their performance,
  • parents of athletes,
  • life coaches,
  • fitness instructors,
  • weight loss consultants.
  • Anyone wanting to boost energy and beat fatigue using an evidence-based approach to human nutrition and energy production.
  • Anyone interested in improving and updating their knowledge of nutrition for professional development or interest.
  • Anyone interested in a healthy body



Course Duration: The course requires approximately 100 hours of study.

There are 9 lessons in total. At the end of each lesson there is an assignment, which you submit to your tutor for marking.

Lesson 1 Introduction to Human and Sports Nutrition

  • This lesson gives the student a basic grounding in human nutrition as it relates to sport.
  • Topics include: dietary nutrients; recommended daily intake; the balanced diet; carbohydrates (including the glycaemic index), fats and proteins.

Lesson 2 Energy

  • This lesson explains the concept of chemical energy and how it is produced in the human body.
  • Topics include: Calories and Kilojoules; energy systems and adenosine triphosphate; and aerobic vs anaerobic respiration.

Lesson 3 Energy in the athlete’s body

  • This lesson examines how energy is utilised in the human body.
  • Topics include: aerobic capacity; respiratory quotient; metabolism; stages of exercise; energy sources during exercise; and protein as an energy source.

Lesson 4 The Training Diet

  • Looks at the principles of a training diet and how to design an effective training diet.
  • Topics include carbohydrates; proteins and the protein needs of athletes; fats; other nutrients (such as antioxidants); and meal timing.

Lesson 5 The Competition Diet

  • In this lesson, the student will learn about the principles behind and how to design a diet for an athlete for the days leading up to, during and after a competition.
  • Topics include: carbohydrate loading and the carbohydrate needs of athletes; guidelines for pre competition eating; eating during competition; competition, fatigue and nutrition; and competition recovery requirements.

Lesson 6 Fluids

  • Explains the importance of fluids in an athlete’s diet.
  • Topics include: the function of water in the human body; fluid needs in humans; water and solute regulation in the body; electrolytes; water and body temperature regulation; fluid intake before, during and after exercise; and intravenous fluid replacement.

Lesson 7 The Athlete’s Body Composition.

  • Teaches students about the body composition of an athlete, and methods of measuring body composition.
  • Topics include: components of the human body; body composition assessment techniques; the importance of body composition to performance; and the body mass index.

Lesson 8 Weight Management.

  • This lesson examines effective methods for weight reduction and body fat control where they are deemed necessary.
  • Topics include: the mechanics of weight loss; why athletes may want to lose weight; “making weight” and “cutting up”; weight loss and physical performance; overweight people; weight change and low energy diets; tips for losing body fat; key characteristics of a safe weight reduction diet; and eating disorders.

Lesson 9 Training for Size and the use of Sports Supplements

  • Examines methods of increasing muscle mass and assesses the use of sports supplements.
  • Topics include: how to gain weight; gaining muscle mass; evaluating the use of sports supplements; types of sports supplements; and supplements and drug testing.



  • To have a basic grounding in human nutrition as it relates to sport.
  • Understand energy and how energy is produced in the body.
  • Explain how energy is utilised in the human body.
  • Understand the characteristics of, and to be able to design an effective training diet.
  • Design a diet for an athlete.
  • Understand the principles of and be able to design an athletic diet for the days leading up to, during and after a competition.
  • Explain the importance of fluids in an athletic diet.
  • Define the body composition of an athlete, and to become aware of the methods of measuring body composition.
  • To examine effective methods for weight reduction and body fat control where they are deemed necessary.
  • Examine methods of increasing muscle mass and to assess the use of sports supplements.



  • What are essential nutrients?
  • What is the difference between fats and oils?
  • Briefly discuss the importance of carbohydrates, proteins and fats in the human diet.
  • Define energy.
  • Describe how ATP is converted to energy in the human body.
  • What is the difference between aerobic and anaerobic respiration?
  • How do actively contracting muscles get more ATP?
  • What are the two main sources of ATP for muscles that are performing intense activity?
  • Out of carbohydrates, fats and proteins, which substances provide the most efficient supply of energy to the human body?
  • Which energy sources are used throughout the exercise session?
  • Define the following terms: Gluconeogenesis, RQ, VO2 max, TDEE.
  • Name three things commonly measured during fitness tests.
  • Outline the primary differences between the nutritional needs of an athlete and the nutritional needs of members of the general population.
  • Design a diet for an athlete.
  • Why do athletes need to eat plenty of carbohydrates?
  • An athlete has just finished running a half marathon (21km). What advice would you give them to help speed their recovery?
  • Why do athletes need more fluid in their diet than the general population?
  • What are the signs of dehydration in an athlete?
  • Define the following terms: Electrolyte, Body water balance, Dehydration, Hypohydration, Euhydration, Hyponatremia.
  • Research three common ways of determining the % of body fat present.
  • Discuss the importance of body composition to sporting performance for a sport.
  • What is the difference between subcutaneous and visceral fat?
  • Research one of the eating disorders - anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, anorexia athletica.
  • Why would an athlete want to lose weight?
  • What are five health risks of being overweight?
  • What are the possible benefits of lowered body fat in a sport.
  • What is the difference between a dietary supplement and a nutritional ergogenic aid?
  • Come up with three suggested meals for an athlete.
  • Research the effects of one of the nutritional ergogenic aids.



You can start the course at any time.

It is studied by distance learning, so you can study in the comfort of your own home. But this doesn't mean you are all alone in your studies.  Our highly qualified and friendly tutors are there to help you every step of the way.  If you have any questions at all, they are always happy to help.

Each lesson includes set tasks, and is completed with an assignment which the student submits to their course tutor.  The tutor will mark the assignment and return this to the student with comments and suggestions for further reading.


  • Understand the mechanics of weight loss, and the difference between fat loss and muscle gain.
  • Understand how energy is produced and used in the body.
  • Know how to design an effective training diet tailored to the needs of individual athletes or sports.



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