PERS40090 Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module will enhance your knowledge and understanding of the metabolic demands of sport and exercise and how nutrition can support athlete health, optimise training adaptations, and in turn sporting performance.

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Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Understand the physiological and metabolic demands of exercise and how these influence an athletes nutritional requirements.
2. Understand the nutritional and practical dietary needs of recreational and elite athletes.
3. Appreciate the short- and long-term risks of inappropriate nutrition in relation to exercise and health.
4. Appraise and interpret research design and outcomes pertaining to nutrition strategies in sport.
5. Translate current nutrition guidelines into practical nutrition strategies.

Indicative Module Content:

This module will explore the nutritional requirements of athletes before, during, and after training and competition. An understanding of the importance of nutrition for the health and wellbeing of an athlete will be explored, with specific reference to nutrient intake, energy availability, illness, and sleep. Finally, attaining appropriate body composition for performance will be discussed in terms of gaining lean mass, losing fat mass, and making weight for competition.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module will be delivered fully online. Online video lectures, with accompanying notes, slides, and readings will be released each week. Students are requested to watch / read the lecture material independently. The content of these lectures and applications to practice will be explored in the online tutorials.
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
HNUT40070 - Nutrients in theLifeCycle(O/L)

HNUT40280 - Nutritional Physiology

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Appraisal of a journal article Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Food diary analysis and meal plan Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Sports nutrition case study Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

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