Although it may seem obvious, some athletes and fitness enthusiasts are not aware of what impact food can have on training and performance. A well planned eating strategy will have a positive effect on competition, fitness, recovery, reducing the risk of illness, and most importantly, helping you achieve optimal results. This course provides an evidence based analysis of sports nutrition. It will give you the knowledge and skills you need in order to achieve your sports nutrition and athletic performance goals.
8 Interactive Lessons
4 Weeks Long
8 hours +
Annual Salary Prospective
Module I - Introduction
Weekly Assignments + Fun Quizzes
If you miss a lesson, you can always view the recordings later.
What Fuels Energy Systems?
Why exactly is sports nutrition so important? We start the course discussing macronutrients, the fuel sources we use during exercise, and give an overview of energy metabolism. You will become crystal clear on the importance of sports nutrition and why it is key to obtaining fitness and high performance.
Carbohydrates as Fuel for Exercise
Here you will learn the importance of carbohydrates as a primary source of fuel for exercise. We will look at the current recommendations for different groups of athletes and discuss their carbohydrate intake, and how it can improve performance by optimising energy stores in the body.
Protein and Fats for Exercise
One of the hottest topics in sports nutrition these days is the importance of protein and fats for sports performance. You will learn all about the role of protein in energy metabolism, with a comprehensive analysis of the effect of essential amino acids for optimal health and performance. Fat metabolism and its part in exercise will also be analysed.
Hydration for Optimal Athletic Performance
You will gain a comprehensive understanding of how hydration status effects your performance and we will consider the science behind sports drinks. We will look at the exact recommended requirement of fluid pre, during, and, post-exercise. You will also learn about the fluid and electrolyte loss during exercise and what environmental factors can contribute to this.
Micronutrients and Supplements
In lesson 5, we get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding vitamins and minerals. As micronutrients are often equated with energy, strength and optimal performance, this lesson will examine the prevalence and effects of vitamins and mineral deficiencies in athletes. You will learn the truth about sports supplements. We will discuss the effects of supplements on exercise performance and review the rationale for their proposed beneficial effects.
Nutrient Timing: When, What and How Much to Eat?
It is incredibly important to be aware of how the timing of our meals, i.e. before, during, and after an event, affects exercise. As eating out has a huge impact on our recovery after we work out, you will learn what and how to eat correctly post-exercise and boost your immune system.
How to Apply your Knowledge
Want to take more control of your calorie intake? You will learn about RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate) and how to estimate how many calories you should be eating for your weight, age, gender and activity levels. This will enable you to take control of your calorie intake whether you want to lose, maintain or gain weight.
Strategies for Weight Loss and Muscle Gain
So you know what to eat but have no idea how to get to the correct weight for your sport? You could be doing it all wrong! This lesson will help you understand the importance of body composition on performance and how to either lose fat or gain muscle in a healthy, permanent way.
How Advanced Modules Work
Learn New Skills
The Thursday webinars are very interactive and are often student led. As long as you’re a member, you will be registered for them indefinitely, so you can log in anywhere in the world to share your work with fellow students.
Module II - Specialised Diet Module
We will discuss considerations beyond the usual adjustments made to meet basic nutritional needs. There are different groups of athletes that have concerns when building their nutrition plan. We will cover several special diets including, diabetic athlete, vegetarian athlete, pregnant athlete, child & young athlete and aging athlete.
The huge variety of pills, powders, drinks, and bars, which claim to increase muscle and strength, or burn fat, can often lead to confusion amongst athletes. We will discuss the effects of supplements on exercise performance and review the rationale for their proposed beneficial effects.
Here we will look at how to reduce your risk of injury/illness and how to best recover from injury/illness. We will also delve into the immunosuppressive effect of high-intensity exercise. We will look at the effect of illness/injury on sports performance and you will learn the best strategies for recovery. We will also have a look at the female triad.
How much do athletes actually know about sports nutrition? Here you will learn why nutritional consultations and communication with athletes is important. You will learn how to begin a consultation process with athletes, and provide them with effective nutritional assessments and education.
Module III - Metabolism & Macronutrients Module
An overview of the main metabolic pathways relating to macronutrients will give you a comprehensive insight as to how we use food for energy. From here we will investigate further how the consumption of macronutrients fuels the three main energy systems; ATP-PC, anaerobic, and aerobic systems.
You will get a clear and comprehensive explanation of how we use fat for energy. You will learn how type, duration, and intensity of exercise determines when and how we use fat for fuel, whilst also looking at adaptions to training to achieve maximal fat oxidation. We will evaluate ketogenic diets and high fat low carbohydrate diet.
In week 3, we will dive into carbohydrate metabolism including areas such as glycolysis and gluconeogenesis. You will learn all about carb cycling and carb loading strategies. An analysis of the factors that affect carbohydrate utilisation during exercise will complete the advanced examination of this important macronutrient.
In this advanced lesson, you will get a complete understanding in areas including protein metabolism, quality, turnover, and, the effect that different types of exercise and diets have on these topics. We will complete the week with an analysis of nitrogen balance and its effect on muscle growth.
Module IV - Athletic Performance Module
You will learn what is different about an endurance athlete. We will cover the macronutrient needs for an endurance athlete and look at adequate calories to fuel activity and sufficient fluids to sustain body temperature. We will discuss specific energy systems for this athlete, and look at the best strategies for competition.
This week, we will look at what energy systems are utilized during strength/power exercise. We will examine the different calorie and macronutrient needs for these types of athletes. We will look at the best strategies for competition for a strength athlete.
You will get a clear explanation of the nutrition demands on athletes involved in team sports. We will cover the different energy systems utilised in team sports. You will learn what meal planning and event logistics need to be considered during sports events.
Have you ever wondered how to achieve that winning edge? Here you will learn about the benefits of recovery eating and the consequences of not doing so. We will look at what to eat and drink to improve your ability to prepare for competition and for recovery between trainings and competitions.
I am taking the Sports and Exercise Nutrition course. It is really interesting and covers all the basics of Sports Nutrition. Amanda has a great way of making the webinar interactive and it makes me want to sign up for the advanced course!
Really enjoying my sports nutrition course. Can the wait to do more!
Really enjoying the Sports Nutrition course. Only half way through but it's great! Opened my eyes about a few things and looking forward to putting it into practice. Using it to get fit and get healthy
Sports nutrition course. Great beginner course for anyone who wants to improve their sports nutrition knowledge for personal or job reasons. Amazing, interactive instructors take time to answer questions and give clear and comprehensive lessons.
I am currently undertaking the sports nutrition course. The material is superb, the speakers are efficient and up to date in their knowledge. It has helped a lot in a field that I had limited background about and that I needed in practicing sports. Hopefully at the end of this course i can successfully apply the knowledge on myself and help others.
i am currently doing Sports nutrition, with Shaw Academy. i have learnt a lot so far, and look forward learning more. the lecturers have been great, and very helpful. Would definitely recommend this course, and Shaw Academy as a whole.
Halfway through the Sports Nutrition course. Already implementing what Ive learned into mine and my family's diet. Here's to a healthier future!
Loving the sports nutrition course great information to use for gym and life , and the tutors are great
I am doing the Sports Nutrition Course. Learning so much and love the presenters especially Laura - '@shawnutritionLK.' Great support system!