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NUTR12-101: Sport and Exercise Nutrition


This subject provides students with an understanding of the relationship between nutrition, health and exercise performance. Students will develop an understanding of nutrient metabolism during exercise and the role of food, fluid and nutrition supplements in enhancing exercise performance, training and recovery. Current nutrition recommendations for overall health and well-being will also be covered along with nutrition and physical activity guidelines for modifying body composition and preventing and managing chronic disease.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Semesters offered
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Health Sciences
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,260
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,400

Learning outcomes

1. Describe contemporary dietary guidelines and demonstrate an ability to use these guidelines to provide general nutrition advice for achieving or maintaining a healthy body weight 10. Demonstrate an understanding of behavioural modification and other strategies to help clients incorporate and adhere to appropriate strategies that support achieving or maintaining a healthy body mass 11. Identify and discuss specific nutritional issues associated with children, adolescent and older athletes and common assessment methods 12. Describe the capacity and limitations of commonly used methods for measuring and analysing dietary intake 13. Understand scope of practice specific to providing sports nutrition advice and be familiar with the Joint Position Statement of Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and Dietitians Association of Australia and describe situations where referrals to an APD or medical practitioner are required 2. Describe how nutrition influences human development, exercise performance, recovery and physiological adaptations 3. Discuss macronutrient metabolism during and after exercise and outline the requirements of these nutrients for athletes 4. Describe the blood lipoproteins and how they are related to diet and exercise 5. Describe the physiological functions of vitamins, minerals and major nutrients and explain how and why micronutrient requirements might be altered in athletes compared with non-exercising individuals. 6. Describe the composition of common sports drinks and ergogenic aids and discuss how these can be used appropriately and safely before, during and after exercise 7. Outline evidence based nutritional strategies to enhance recovery and adaptation after exercise training 8. Define obesity, aetiology of obesity and fat distribution and how they relate to common co-morbidities 9. Explain the relationship between exercise, nutrition and energy balance for the control of body composition and chronic disease risk factors

Enrolment requirements

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Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens18/07/2021
Semester start13/09/2021
Subject start13/09/2021
Cancellation 1?27/09/2021
Cancellation 2?04/10/2021
Last enrolment26/09/2021
Withdraw – Financial?09/10/2021
Withdraw – Academic?30/10/2021
Teaching census?08/10/2021