Course Curriculum

Sports Nutrition: the fundamentals (part 1)

Part I – Reading* (online, via distance learning)

  • Nutrients and recommend intakes
  • Healthy eating
  • Fuel sources for muscle and exercise metabolism
  • Skeletal muscle structure and function
  • Biochemical concepts
  • Nutrition and athletic performance
  • Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S)
  • Diets and body composition

*Core text books for this module: Sport Nutrition (Jeukendrup and Gleeson, 3rd Ed) and Biochemistry for Sport and Exercise Metabolism (MacLaren and Morton)

+ A variety of relevant journal papers, consensus statements and position stands to support the module learning outcomes.

Part II – Lectures (available online and to download):

  • Performance Nutrition – An Introduction to the Art and Science of Sports and Exercise Nutrition – Dr Laurent Bannock
  • Energy Systems: What, When & How?- Prof James Morton
  • Protecting cellular ATP (Part 1)- Prof Craig Sale
  • Protecting cellular ATP (Part 2)- Prof Craig Sale
  • Exercise Metabolism 101: What We Need to Know and What Others Should Know- Dr Scott Robinson
  • Exercise Metabolism- Endurance Exercise- Prof Graeme Close
  • Exercise Intensity: Why does fat metabolism decline?- Prof James Morton
  • Skeletal Muscle: Structure, Construction & Plasticity- Prof James Morton
  • Limiting factors to maximal oxygen uptake: a heart or muscle problem? – Prof James Morton
  • Nutrition & Fatigue – Prof James Morton
  • Metabolic Regulation: Nutritional Effects – Prof James Morton
  • Nutrition for fat and energy balance- Prof James Morton
  • Assessing Energy Intake and Expenditure in Athletes: Perhaps not quite as simple as it sounds?- Prof Graeme Close
  • How to get your fat fit – the impact of exercise on adipose tissue – Prof Dylan Thompson
  • Exercise and non physical activity thermogenesis- Prof Dylan Thompson
  • RED-S (in males)- Prof James Morton
  • Nutritional considerations for Eumeorrheic athletes- Dr Kirsty Elliot Sale

+ A variety of webinars, podcasts, and info-videos relevant to support the learning outcomes.

Part III – Coursework (submitted online via the learning system):

  • Multiple Choice Q&A Exam (1 hour time limit, 3 chances, 70% pass required)
  • Case Study (final module project to apply the science to real-world practice)

Sports Nutrition: the fundamentals (part 2)

Part I – Reading* (online, via distance learning)

  • Gastric emptying, digestion, and absorption
  • Carbohydrate
  • Fat
  • Protein and amino acids
  • Regulation of muscle glycogen metabolism during exercise
  • Protein and exercise
  • Regulation of fat metabolism during exercise
  • Fat adaptation in athletes
  • Fasted training
  • Training the gut for athletes

*Core text books for this module: Sport Nutrition (Jeukendrup and Gleeson, 3rd Ed) and Biochemistry for Sport and Exercise Metabolism (MacLaren and Morton)

+ A variety of relevant journal papers, consensus statements and position stands to support the module learning outcomes.

Part II – Lectures (available online and to download):

  • Fuelling Exercise Part 1- Prof Craig Sale
  • Fuelling Exercise Part 2- Prof Craig Sale
  • Carbohydrate metabolism and supplementation – post-exercise nutrition – Prof James Betts
  • The Wondrous Properties of Carbohydrates – Prof James Morton
  • Glycogen Resynthesis: From Biochemistry to Practical Application – Prof James Morton
  • Glycogen Metabolism – Cause of Fatigue and/or training regulator?- Prof James Morton
  • Role of Protein Supplementation in Augmenting Gains in Muscle Mass- Prof Stuart Phillips
  • Protein Requirements versus Recommendations for Athletes – Prof Kevin Tipton
  • Beyond Muscle Hypertrophy: Protein Nutrition in Endurance Athletes – Dr Leigh Breen
  • The Muscle Anabolic Potential of Leucine – Dr Leigh Breen
  • Dietary Protein and Bone: Zero or Hero?- Prof Craig Sale
  • Fat Oxidation during Exercise – What’s New & What Do We Want to Know Next- Dr Scott Robinson
  • IMTG in Exercise and Health- Dr Scott Robinson
  • Exercise and the GI System – Dr Gethin Evans
  • The Athlete’s Gut – Stephen Smith PHD (c)

+ A variety of webinars, podcasts, and info-videos relevant to support the learning outcomes.

Part III – Coursework (submitted online via the learning system):

  • Multiple Choice Q&A Exam (1 hour time limit, 3 chances, 70% pass required)
  • Case Study (final module project to apply the science to real-world practice)

+ A variety of relevant journal papers, consensus statements and position stands to support the module learning outcomes.

Sports Nutrition: the fundamentals (part 3)

Part I – Reading* (online, via distance learning)

  • Water requirements and fluid balance
  • Vitamins and minerals
  • Nutrition supplements
  • Principles of metabolic regulation
  • High-intensity exercise
  • Endurance exercise
  • High-intensity intermittent exercise

*Core text books for this module: Sport Nutrition (Jeukendrup and Gleeson, 3rd Ed) and Biochemistry for Sport and Exercise Metabolism (MacLaren and Morton)

+ A variety of relevant journal papers, consensus statements and position stands to support the module learning outcomes.

Part II – Lectures (available online and to download):

  • Fluid Balance and Exercise – Dr Gethin Evans
  • Optimising Post-Exercise Hydration – Dr Lewis James
  • Dehydration and Exercise Performance – Dr Lewis James
  • Shedding Some Light on Vitamin D – Dr Daniel Owens
  • Molecular Action of Fatty Acids in Skeletal Muscle- Dr Leigh Breen
  • To Supplement or Not to Supplement – Dr Craig Sale
  • An Update on Buffering Agents for Sports Performance – Dr Craig Sale
  • Creatine – Prof Craig Sale
  • Caffeine – Prof Craig Sale
  • Dietary Nitrate & Exercise Performance- Prof Andy Jones
  • An Introduction To Cell Signaling (How Does Cell Signaling Work & Why Is It Relevant to The Nutritionist?) – Dr Lee Hamilton
  • Metabolic Regulation in Sport & Exercise- Dr Scott Robinson
  • Metabolic Regulation in High Intensity Exercise + Creatine- Dr Scott Robinson
  • Exercise Intensity: Why does fat metabolism decline?- Prof James Morton
  • Metabolic Regulation in High-Intensity Intermittent Exercise- Prof James Morton
  • Carbohydrates for endurance exercise: how do they work and what is the best source? – Dr Javier Gonzalez
  • Concurrent Training: Nutritional Strategies- Prof James Morton

+ A variety of webinars, podcasts, and info-videos relevant to support the learning outcomes.

Part III – Coursework (submitted online via the learning system):

  • Multiple Choice Q&A Exam (1 hour time limit, 3 chances, 70% pass required)
  • Case Study (final module project to apply the science to real-world practice)

Sports Nutrition: advanced

Part I – Reading* (online, via distance learning)

  • Nutrition and training adaptations
  • Nutrition and immune function in athletes
  • Body composition
  • Weight Management
  • Eating disorders in athletes
  • Personalised Nutrition

*Core text books for this module: Sport Nutrition (Jeukendrup and Gleeson, 3rd Ed) and Biochemistry for Sport and Exercise Metabolism (MacLaren and Morton)

+ A variety of relevant journal papers, consensus statements and position stands to support the module learning outcomes.

Part II – Lectures (available online and to download):

  • ​Nutrient Sensing & Exercise Adaptations – Dr Lee Hamilton
  • Training Adaptations: Effects on Substrate Utilisation – Prof James Morton
  • Nutritional Strategies To Optimise Recovery – The Balance Between Recovery & Adaptation- Prof Graeme Close
  • PGC-1 Alpha: A master Regulator of Endurance Training Adaptation? – Prof James Morton
  • Nutrition Periodisation – Prof James Morton
  • Free Radicals & Exercise: Has the Poacher Turned Game Keeper – Prof Graeme Close
  • Exercise, Immunity and Infection Risk in Athletes – Dr Glen Davison
  • Immunology and Nutrition – Dr Glen Davison
  • Nutrition & Immune Function: Can We Do Anything To Offset The Winter Sniffles?- Prof Graeme Close
  • Gut Hormones & Regulation of Appetite – Dr Gethin Evans
  • Nutritional Strategies to Influence Appetite – Dr Javier Gonzalez
  • Breakfast for athletes: advisable, inappropriate or irrelevant? – Dr Javier Gonzalez
  • Protein and Muscle During Weight Loss- Prof Kevin Tipton
  • Exercise Nutrition For Older Adults -Dr Leigh Breen
  • Exercise, Nutrition and Ageing – Time to Run for Your Life? – Dr Graeme Close
  • Nutritional Considerations for Hormonal Contraceptive Use (Athletes) – Dr Kirsty Elliot-Sale

+ A variety of webinars, podcasts, and info-videos relevant to support the learning outcomes.

Part III – Coursework (submitted online via the learning system):

  • Multiple Choice Q&A Exam (1 hour time limit, 3 chances, 70% pass required)
  • Case Study (final module project to apply the science to real-world practice)

Sports Nutrition: advanced (science to practice)

Part I – Reading (online, via distance learning)

  • Evidence-based practice in sport and exercise nutrition
  • Nutrition counselling
  • Body composition testing and interpretation
  • Physiological testing and interpretation
  • Nutrition assessment

+ A variety of relevant journal papers, consensus statements and position stands to support the module learning outcomes.

Part II – Lectures (available online and to download):

  • Evidence-based practice in sport and exercise nutrition – Dr Laurent Bannock
  • Applying the science into daily practice – Dr Laurent Bannock
  • The practitioners’s toolbox: using tools to inform your practice – Dr Laurent Bannock
  • Nutrition assessment: team sports – Dr Scott Robinson
  • Nutrition assessment: individual clients – Dr Laurent Bannock
  • Developing nutrition recommendations for elite athletes – Dr Laurent Bannock & Dr Scott Robinson
  • Developing nutrition recommendations for recreational athletes – Alex Ritson MSc
  • Developing nutrition recommendations for physique athletes – Alex Ritson MSc
  • Nutrition counselling & motivational interviewing – TBC
  • Reflective practice – Professor James Morton
  • Developing your private practice – Dr Laurent Bannock

+ A variety of webinars, podcasts, and info-videos relevant to support the learning outcomes.

Part III – Coursework (submitted online via the learning system):

  • Multiple Choice Q&A Exam (1 hour time limit, 3 chances, 70% pass required)
  • Case Study (final module project to apply the science to real-world practice, submitted online for grading)