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Sports Nutrition Basics

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Grasp the basics of nutrition for sport and performance. This fascinating and engaging course will give you greater confidence in all the key areas, such as the effects of low energy availability and how to identify it, the role and recommendations of each of the macronutrients, and fluid intake. You will learn the most up-to-date info that is all evidence based, which is key to any fit pro. You’ll be able to discuss how pre-, intra- and post-exercise nutrition varies, while understanding carbohydrate loading and its application. You’ll also gain an overview of sports nutrition supplements and their efficacy.

Suggested Pre-requisite:

  • CIMSPA: L2 Gym / Group Ex

Aims and objectives of course:

  • Understand what performance training entails.
  • Be able to discuss the evidence base with regards to low energy availability (Relative Energy Deficiency Syndrome [REDS]), what the symptoms are, how to identify it and its effects on performance.
  • Gain an understanding of the roles of carbohydrates, proteins, fat, fluids and micronutrients and why these are all important for athletes and active individuals.
  • Have a clear understanding of what pre-exercise nutrition, during-sport nutrition and recovery nutrition entails.
  • For endurance athletes, understand how carbohydrate loading works.
  • Have an introduction to sports nutrition supplementation.

Author Bio

  •  Dr Linia Patel

    As a self-confessed “total foodie”, being an award-winning dietitian and sports nutritionist comes naturally to our resident dietitian and long-time Fitpro magazine contributor, Dr Linia Patel. She likes to take a block of science and slice it up into easy-to-digest and practical advice. With a PhD in Public Health and over 100 published articles on diet and health, she is a British Dietetic Association Spokesperson and is regularly seen appearing on national TV and being quoted in the press. She’s the science expert for Tess Daly’s best-selling book 4 Steps to a Happier & Healthier You, is a qualified fitness instructor and has worked extensively in high performance sport. She is particularly passionate about women’s health, helping women to be the best version of themselves.