NUTR09007 2019 Nutrition and Performance

General Details

Full Title
Nutrition and Performance
Transcript Title
Nutrition and Performance
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Subject Area
NUTR - Nutrition
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
09 - NFQ Level 9
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Azura Youell, Laura Keaver
Programme Membership
SG_SSPOR_M09 201900 Master of Science in Sports and Exercise Nutrition SG_SSPOR_O09 201900 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Sports and Exercise Nutrition

This module covers the basics of sport nutrition, including a critical appraisal of the current thoughts with regards to carbohydrate, fat and protein requirements of athletes. You will be taught to examine the influence of nutrition on sporting performance and to explore the role of nutritional strategies during the preparation for, participation in and recovery from sport competition. There will also be a focus on the use of supplements and ergogenic aids and current doping regulations.

This module will help you develop the knowledge and skills necessary to translate the principles of sports nutrition into foods and eating patterns appropriate to the lifestyle of athletes, with the aim of optimising performance.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Review critically how macro and micronutrients affect athletic performance.


Discuss and analyse pertinent issues that athletes should consider when consuming supplements and ergogenic aids.


Interpret and evaluate nutrition requirements for training and competition


Appraise eating disorders as they pertain to sports and athletes


Review critically the relationship between training, body composition and performance


Assess hydration requirements for training and competition as well as for recreational exercise and health 

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered through online weekly lectures. This will consist of two hours of lectures per week as well as two hours of asynchronous learning which will consist of interactive and forum discussions and MCQ's. In addition, the learner will be expected to allocate an additional 6 hours per week for continuous assessment and additional reading. 

Module Assessment Strategies

This module will consist of 100% continuous assessment which will focus on critically reviewing current evidence around the use of nutrition to improve performance, this will be developed and delivered with different audiences in mind to assess both presentation and writing skills as well as ability to translate evidence into practice. 

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment if required.

Indicative Syllabus

Overview of sports nutrition

Energy balance and body composition

Carbohydrate and performance

Protein requirements for sport

Body fat and dietary fat

Vitamins and minerals

Sports supplements and ergogenic aids and their use in all age groups including juveniles

Current doping regulations as they pertain to supplements and ergogenic aids


Competition preparation

Fluid and fuel intake during competition and training


Disordered eating

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Presentation - present a critical analysis of a current journal article Continuous Assessment Assessment 30 % Any 1,3,6
2 Written report - produce a report aimed at sports coaches outlining the training/performance benefit of a particular nutrient or ergogenic aid as well as any relevant regulations Continuous Assessment Assessment 30 % Any 2,3,4
3 Literature review in a topic area of sports and exercise nutrition Continuous Assessment Assessment 40 % Any 1,2,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Directed Learning Not Specified Self-directed 6 Weekly 6.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 6.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Online Two hours lectures and two hours asynchronous learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
The complete guide to sports nutrition Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Required Reading
20/11/2019 Sports and Exercise Nutrition Wiley-Blackwell

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Bean A (2018). The complete guide to sports nutrition. 8th Edition. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC 

Lanham-new SA et al., (2011). Sports and Exercise Nutrition. Wiley-Blackwell 

William D. McArdle, Frank I. Katch, Victor L. Katch 2019, Sports and Exercise Nutrition, Fifth edition. Wolters Klower 

Louise Burke, Vicki Deakin 2015, Clinical Sports Nutrition, Fifth edition Ed., McGraw-Hill 

Susanne Eberle 2014, Endurance sports nutrition, Third edition Ed., Human Kinetics 

Journal Resources

Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 

British Journal of Sports Medicine 

International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism 

Sports Nutrition and Therapy 

URL Resources

Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) 

Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) Supplement Use in Sport Position Statement 

International Olympic Committee 

Sport Ireland Institute Nutrition 


Other Resources