SPORTS NUTRITION – Distance Learning Course
ACS Distance Education
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There are nine 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
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 intra venous 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
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.
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