SPOR07043 2022 Nutrition and Performance

General Details

Full Title
Nutrition and Performance
Transcript Title
Nutrition and Performance
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Subject Area
SPOR - Sport/Rec/Leisure
MKTS - Marketing, Tourism & Sport
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2022 - Full Academic Year 2022-23
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Shirley McKenna
Programme Membership
SG_BSPOR_H08 202200 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Sport with Business SG_BAPPL_B07 202200 Bachelor of Business in Applied Sport with Business

Human nutrition as the base for human health and performance will be explored during this module. The dynamics of carbohydrate, lipid and protein metabolism will be reviewed. The role of vitamins, minerals and water in the context of human performance will be illustrated as well as optimal nutrition for exercise and human energy expenditure. Use of sports supplements will be explored against the backdrop of the World Anti Doping Agency Guidelines. Various nutritional strategies employed by sports athletes to gain a competitive edge will be discussed. In addition, the prevalence of disordered eating in the general and sporting population will be investigated. Blended learning technologies will be employed in the delivery and assessment of this module.

Important: Candidates wishing to pursue the embedded EQF Level 4 Personal Training Qualification upstream, must complete this elective module.

Learning Outcomes

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


Describe the dynamics of carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism and hydration during physical activity.


Describe the concept of nutrition periodisation and conduct basic dietary analysis.


Recognise risk factors associated with disordered eating.


Review the efficacy and risks associated with nutritional strategies employed by athletes.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Active learning will be encouraged as students engage with peers in planning a group presentation. Reading, research and referencing skills will be required to complete this piece of work. Debate and discussion will be encouraged on topics related to nutritional supplements and eating disorders. A limited number of workshops will be used to engage students in practical dietary analysis. Lectures will deliver theoretical knowledge on topics pertinent to nutrition for athletic performance. Moodle will act as a repository to support student with diverse learning needs and to run online assessments.

Module Assessment Strategies

  • Individual Dietary Analysis Project
  • Group Presentation
  • An end of semester online multiple choice quiz (MCQ) will be used to test theoretical knowledge across a broad range of topics.

Repeat Assessments

  • If a candidate fails to participate in the group presentation, he or she will be required to make an individual presentation on an alternative date.
  • The individual project may be re-submitted in the autumn.
  • Candidates may re-sit the MCQ in the autumn.

Indicative Syllabus


  • Identify carbohydrate (CHO) as an energy source, fuel for CNS & protein sparer.

  • Describe the role of fats & types of fats.

  • Describe the role of proteins and types of proteins.

  • Identify the role of antioxidants in the body.

  • Recognise the contribution of CHO during intense, moderate and prolonged exercise.

  • Recognise the contribution of lipids during exercise & effects of training on fat use.

  • Identify the functions of cholesterol and the association with coronary heart disease.

  • Recognise the contribution of proteins during exercise and the Alanine-Glucose Cycle.

  • Identify recommendations for fluid replacement during exercise & effects of dehydration on performance.

  • Identify the predisposing factors to hyperkalemia and hyponatremia.



  • Practically analyse food logs and calculate caloric intake.

  • Understand how to read food labels.

  • Identify the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for different food groups.

  • Compare nutrient and energy intakes of the physically active with sedentary counterparts.



  • Describe disordered eating behaviours pertaining to lean sports.

  • Identify the risks associated with inadequate fat intake for males and females

  • Describe the Female Athlete Triad & REDs

  • Identify the limits of fad diets to weight management.



  • Identify the research based efficacy of nutritional supplements.

  • Identify the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) position on supplementation.

  • Examine the benefits versus risks of supplementation.

  • Describe the risks versus benefits of strategies such as carbohydrate loading, soda loading, caffeine and creatine ingestion.


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Dietary Analysis Continuous Assessment Individual Project 20 % Week 4 2
2 Group Presentation Continuous Assessment Group Project 30 % Week 9 3
3 Online Moodle Quiz Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice/Short Answer Test 50 % End of Semester 1,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 4 Weekly 4.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2021-05-20 Nutrition for Sport and Exercise
ISBN 0357448154 ISBN-13 9780357448151

Translate current nutrition recommendations and guidelines into specific plans. Dunford/Doyle's NUTRITION FOR SPORT AND EXERCISE, 5th Edition helps you select the appropriate type of foods, beverages and/or supplements you need to support training, performance and recovery. This practical book emphasizes the scientific basis for sports nutrition recommendations and highlights current research studies of trained athletes from a variety of sports. Detailed explanations of the connection between exercise and nutrition help you reach your ultimate goals--optimal performance and health. Entire chapters are devoted to diet planning, disordered eating, exercise patterns in athletes, and achieving lifelong fitness and health. In addition, this edition is available with MindTap which offers a wealth of digital resources to help maximize your study time.

Required Reading
2015 Exercise Physiology Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
ISBN 1451191553 ISBN-13 9781451191554

Setting the standard for more than 30 years, nearly half a million students have built a solid foundation of the scientific principles underlying modern exercise physiology withExercise Physiology by William D. McArdle, Frank I. Katch, and Victor L. Katch.. This Eighth Edition is updated with the latest research in the field to provide current coverage of how nutrition, energy transfer, and exercise training affect human performance. A vibrant new full color magazine style design, along with updated art in every chapter, works hand in hand with the descriptive content, making even complex topics easier to understand and key information easier to locate. Throughout the text, the authors apply exercise physiology principles to practical skills, illustrate how theory comes to life through research, and clarify complex issues and problems. References posted online provide the evidence behind the science, as well as a complete list for further reading.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

NSCA's Guide to Sport and Exercise Nutrition (Science of Strength and Conditioning Series) 2020. 2nd Edition. Human Kinetics. ISBN 1492593516

Updated Literary Resources
Journal Resources

Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition

International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism

Other Resources

Computer lab to run the online MCQ

Additional Information