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Archived Version 2007 - 2008

Module Title Sport and Exercise Nutrition 1
Module Code SS213
School School of Health & Human Performance

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Donal O'GormanOffice NumberXG08
Level 2 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims

1. To evaluate the relationship between nutrient intake and exercise performance.
2. To understand the role of nutritional supplementation in performance enhancement.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of the course students will be able to:
• Devise appropriate nutritional strategies for athletes before, during and after exercise
• Determine the benefits and limitations of nutritional supplements for exercise performance
• Explain the physiological processes regulating nutrient metabolism and the impact on human performance

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 36
Independent Learning Time 39

Total 75
Assume that a 5 credit module load represents approximately 75 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus

Water, hydration and exercise
Electrolytes and sports drinks (composition and benefit)
Carbohydrate ingestion and performance – including substrate utilisation during exercise
Exercise performance
• Pre-exercise feedings
• Substrate utilisation during exercise (Glucose/FFA cycle)
• Energy intake during exercise
• Post-exercise recovery
Antioxidant supplementation and exercise
Ergogenic Aids (Protein, BCAA, Creatine, Caffeine, Bicarbonate, Glycerol)
DHEA and other steroid hormone promoters
Nutritional enhancement of endocrine action (including the timing, quantity and composition of food)
Making weight in sport – appropriate nutritional approaches
Female athlete triad (Iron status, calcium and menstruation)
Vegetarian athlete
Nutrition and environment (heat, altitude)

Continuous Assessment0% Examination Weight100%
Indicative Reading List

Clinical Sports Nutrition.  Burke and Deakin.  McGraw Hill.  2nd edition.
Sports and Exercise Nutrition.  McArdle, Katch & Katch.  Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.

Programme or List of Programmes
ATTBSc Athletic Therapy and Training
SSHBSc Sport Science and Health