Understand how nutrition can affect the performance of athletes!

Whether you are an athlete yourself, play a lot of sports or are in a supporting role for an athlete, the Introduction to sports Nutrition course can give you valuable information for creating an appropriate diet for an athlete to increase their performance.

With different pressures placed on the body during sport, it is important that an athlete consume a diet that is beneficial for their athletic goals whether it be for endurance, weight gain or speed.

The course is a great foundation to pursue further studies in nutrition if you would like to establish a career in the industry.


Course Outline
Course Code: 
100 hours - Access for 12 months
Online & Correspondence
Statement of achievement
Lesson Structure: 
  1. Introduction to Human and Sports Nutrition
  2. Energy
  3. Energy in the Athlete’s Body
  4. The Training Diet
  5. The Competition Diet
  6. Fluids
  7. The Athlete’s Body Composition
  8. Weight Management
  9. Training for Size and the Use of Sports Supplements
Aims - the learning objectives of the course: 
  • Discuss human nutrition as it relates to sport.
  • Explain energy and how it is produced in the body.
  • Explain how energy is utilised in the human body.
  • Understand the characteristics of, and to be able to design an effective training diet.
  • Design a diet for an athlete.
  • Understand the principles of and be able to design an athletic diet for the days leading up to, during and after a competition.
  • Explain the importance of fluids in an athletic diet.
  • Define the body composition of an athlete, and the methods of measuring body composition.
  • Examine effective methods for weight reduction and body fat control where they are deemed necessary.
  • Examine methods of increasing muscle mass and to assess the use of sports supplements.