Sports Nutrition

Course code SPOR3030Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

This course provides a scientific underpinning of sport nutrition guidelines and advice. The course covers a range of topics including measuring nutritional status of athletes, assessment of energy requirements, protein and amino acid needs, iron depletion, water and fluid balance, pre-event nutritional considerations, weight management, eating disorders in athletes, nutrition supplements, nutrition and immune function and the special needs of female, vegetarian, elderly, children and young athletes.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to
1. critically appraise techniques for determining dietary intake
2. compare current dietary intake methods(weighed diet records, estimated diet records, duplicate diets) & past dietary intake(retrospective long or short term recall)
3. discuss the relevance of RDI s/RDA s to athletes
4. demonstrate an ability to use computer software for dietary analysis (eg. Foodworks)
5. demonstrate competence in estimating %body fat using kinanthropometry techniques
6. describe sources and potential sources of error in determining %body fat using skinfold, BIA & hydrodensitometry techniques
7. describe the source of energy substrate to exercise of varying intensity & duration
8. describe methods for measuring daily energy expenditure of athletes
9. estimate the daily energy expenditure of endurance, sprint & resistance trained athletes
10. describe & discuss the macro energy requirements of athletes
11. critically appraise the methods for acute & longer term weight reduction (body fat) in athletes
12. describe eating disorders & disordered eating in athletes
13. describe & discuss the micronutrient needs of athletes
14. describe the relationship between low body fat composition, intense endurance exercise & the incidence of stress fractures in female athletes from the perspective of nutritional intervention
15. describe the relationship between intense endurance training & iron depletion from the perspective of nutritional intervention
16. describe the pre-competition nutrition considerations for athletes
17. describe & discuss the ingestion of fluid & carbohydrate during exercise
18. describe the nutrition related issues in recovery from competition & training
19. describe & critically appraise the research on nutritional strategies to enhance fat oxidation during endurance exercise
20. describe the research evidence for & against the use of dietary supplements as ergogenic aids
21. describe the nutritional issues & needs of elderly, female, vegetarian, children & young athletes
22. describe the research evidence concerning antioxidant supplements & immune function in athletes
ContentReview of energy sources, fuel stores, resting energy expenditure and biochemical pathways for producing ATP, energetic efficiency
" energy equivalence for fat, carbohydrate and protein
" estimation and measurement of resting metabolic rate
" energy release with one litre of oxygen consumed
" fuel stores in skeletal muscle
" regulation of energy metabolism
" metabolic responses to exercise
" components of energy expenditure (resting metabolic rate, diet induced thermogenisis, thermic effect of food)
" upper limits of energy expenditure
Gastric emptying, digestion and absorption
" anatomy of the gastrointestinal tract
" carbohydrate, lipid and protein digestion
" absorption of carbohydrate,fatty acids, amino acids, water, vitamins and minerals
" regulation of gastric emptying
" gastrointestinal problems with exercise
Assessing dietary intake
" current dietary intake methods(weighed diet records, estimated diet records, duplicate diets) and past dietary intake (retrospective long or short term recall)
" food labeling and computer programmes for analyzing food intake records
" NHMRC dietary guidelines
" relevance of RDIs/RDAs to athletes
" how do the athletes dietary needs differ from community recommendations
Assessing body composition
" LBM and %body fat assessment techniques (and sources of error)
Substrate utilization during exercise
" intensity : duration and substrate use
" estimating total energy expenditure
" exercise and diet induced adaptations in substrate utilisation
Acute weight loss and longer term weight loss strategies
" effects of diuretics and dehydration
" effects of acute and chronic energy deficit on exercise capacity
" reducing energy intake and/or increasing energy expenditure
" efficacy of popular weight loss diets
" CSIRO high protein diet
Pre-competition nutrition
" composition and timing issues
" regimens to ensure euhydration
" enhancing muscle and liver glycogen stores
Fluid and carbohydrate ingestion during competition and training
" fluid composition and gastric absorption
" fluid volume and temperature and gastric absorption
" energy versus fluid needs for the athlete
Post competition/training ingestion of carbohydrate and protein
" amino acids and carbohydrate for resistance trained athletes
Eating disorders and disordered eating amongst athletes
" the female triad
" referral to a dietition
Supplements and ergogenic aids
" fads and fallacies
" vitamins and minerals
" caffeine
" glycerol
" carnitine
" inosine
" lactate salts
" lecithin
" medium chain triacylglycerol
" pangamic acid
" phophatidylserine
" vanadium
" ginseng
" phosphate
" sodium bicarbonate
" sodium citrate
" creatine
" dichloroacetate
" branched-chain amino acids
Antioxidants and immune function
" carbohydrate, fat, protein
" vitamins and minerals
" glutamine
" dietary immuno-stimulants

Case studies special populations
" vegetarian diets
" ageing athlete
" female athlete
" child athlete
" ultra-endurance athlete
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSPOR2010 Exercise Physiology I
SPOR2040 Exercise Physiology II
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Laboratory Exercises
Quiz - Class
Contact HoursPractical: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Laboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks