NU6051 - Sports and exercise nutrition (2023/24)
|Module approved to run in 2023/24
|Sports and exercise nutrition
|Credit rating for module
|School of Human Sciences
|Total study hours
|Running in 2023/24(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
This module allows students to integrate their knowledge of nutritional physiology and biochemistry and to apply this knowledge to develop a critical understudying of the nutritional and practical dietary needs of sports people and athletes. It includes discussion of different sporting groups and exercise types; macro- and micronutrient requirements; hydration; ergogenic aids; practical dietary considerations in relation to training and competition; policy; current issues and research in sports nutrition.
The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. Specifically it aims to enable students to gain a critical understanding of the nutritional and practical dietary needs of sports people and athletes. Integrate the knowledge and skills acquired from other modules. Encourage independent learning through the access of background information using appropriate primary and secondary sources. Develop and encourage confidence in the use of appropriate learning, critical and discursive skills Develop competence in discussion, oral presentation and written work, encouraging clarity of presentation and scientific rigour.
This module will also provide students with the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of some personal responsibility; decision making in complex and unpredictable contexts; and the learning ability needed to undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature.
Prior learning requirements
NU5053, NU5054, NU5051
1. Metabolic demands of exercise and sports. Exercise types, fatigue. Energy, macro- and micronutrient requirements of sports people. Thermoregulation in the athlete. Fluid and electrolyte balance, needs and status. Nutritional supplements/ergogenic aids, sports drinks. Training and competition - metabolic demands. Requirements, reference values and recommendations. Reference to specific groups, eg vegetarians, children, women, veterans, disabled. Body weight and composition. Immune function, overtraining. Disordered eating patterns.
2. Factors to be taken into account when working with sports people.
3. Working with the individual sportsperson, teams and agencies. Dietary assessment. Dietary intervention and advice - strategies and approaches. Menu design, preparation and evaluation. Religion and cultural factors. Whole person approach. Strategies for teams and other groups. Training and competition - dietary strategies.
4. Monitoring and evaluation of advice and practice. Policy and strategy formulation. Ethics. Professionalism, reflection and professional development.
5. Recent research in sport nutrition. Teaching/education aids.
Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity
Acquisition of knowledge of the subject matter of this module will be promoted through lecturer-led lectures (28 hours) and tutorial workshops (12 hours) and through the guided use of student-centred learning resources and Self managed time and private study (82 hours) (84 hours). Practical classes and small group work (6 hours) will be used to consolidate the student knowledge in the applied aspects of sports nutrition with guidance for directed activities (20 hours).
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Integrate the theoretical aspects of nutrition with the applied nature of sports and exercise science
2. Assess the metabolic demands of the various types of exercise in relation to the nutritional and fluid needs of sports people engaged in various physical activities
3. Translate the nutritional requirements of physical activity and sport into dietary practice and to be able to offer basic nutritional advice to healthy people in relation to their sporting activity
4. Demonstrate an appreciation of the ethical issues around the use of dietary supplements and the diet and hydration issues of vulnerable sports people
The module will be summatively assessed by an unseen examination of 1.5 hrs (50%) and a coursework component. This report is a dietary and menu plan for a sports person (50%; 1000 words). Criteria for assessment will include an understanding of the subject matter; an ability, both orally and written, to explain, describe and discuss the work; completeness and conciseness of written reports and essays with emphasis upon critical ability and scientific rigour. To pass the module an aggregate mark of at least 40% must be obtained.
Component Marks Learning outcomes
Dietary and menu plan for a sports person 50% 1,2,3
Exam (1.5 hours) 50% 1,2,3,4