Assignment Part 1 (option 1): Provide evidence-led nutrition strategies for managing an athlete’s body composition over the course of a calendar year – with a focus on body composition periodization and energy availability
- Demonstrate a clear and easily translatable understanding of the concept of energy availability and the key physiological determinants of endurance performance.
- Develop a translatable understanding of metabolic adaptation as a consequence of low energy availability.
- Showcase a practical understanding of periodising an athlete’s body composition and nutrition throughout a calendar year.
- Implement practical monitoring strategies to assess the athlete’s health status during a weight-management interven-tion.
- Develop a nutrition strategy that aims to preserve the athlete’s sports performance and achieves their body composition goal.
Assignment Part 1 (option 2): Provide an evidence-led nutrition strategy that strategically positions nutrients in a way that amplifies endurance adaptations from exercise.
- Demonstrate a clear understanding of the key physiological and/or structural performance determinants of an ultra-endurance athlete.
- Showcase an understanding of the phenotypic changes of a highly trained endurance athlete and how these adaptations translate into improved performance
- Demonstrate a clear understanding of the key signalling pathways regulating endurance training adaptation.
- Showcase an applied understanding of periodising a nutrition strategy to mediate both training adaptation and fuelling high-quality/high-intensity workouts.
- Translate a periodised nutrition plan into practical meal and snack recommendations.
Assignment Part 1 (option 3): Provide an evidence-led, nutrition strategy that aims to hasten an athlete’s recovery from injury.
- Showcase theoretical understanding of the metabolic mechanisms contributing to muscle loss during a state of limb immobilisation.
- Understand the key immunological processes involved in the initial stages of wound healing and provide a practical strategy that prevents an athlete from negatively interfering with this process.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the energy expenditure demands of an injured athlete and the importance of maintaining sufficient energy availability.
- Implement nutritional strategies to offset reductions in skeletal muscle mass as a consequence of limb immobilisation.
- Understand of the key nutrients that collectively enhance soft/hard-tissue repair and translate understanding into a practical nutrition strategy.
Assignment Part 2: Reflective practice assignment
- Engage in personal introspection and critically appraise their own actions and assumptions.
- Understand the importance of active reflection and its effectiveness in academic study and professional development.
- Understand common cognitive biases held by academics and Nutritionists.
- Write in a reflective ‘first person’ style and engage with feelings and emotions.
- Identify one’s own strengths and weaknesses and develop strategies for future development.