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NUTR71-115: Sports Nutrition


This subject focuses on the development of entry-level competence for performing the nutrition care process as applied to sport and performance settings. Students will apply skills in evidence-based practice, nutrition assessment, diagnosis and client centred care to develop, plan, implement and evaluate interventions applicable to individuals undertaking recreational and professional sports.  Topics covered will include nutrient metabolism during exercise and the role of food, fluid and supplements in enhancing exercise performance, training and recovery. Current sports nutrition recommendations and considerations to maintain health and well-being while optimising performance in physically active individuals and athletes will be covered.  Current technologies utilised for body composition assessment will be explored and important consideration in the management of assessments considered. This subject will enhance knowledge and skills to support evidence based dietetics practice in sports nutrition.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Semesters offered
  • May 2022 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • May 2023 [Non-Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Health Sciences
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $4,200
  • Commencing in 2023: $4,310

Learning outcomes

1. Critically apply relevant evidence, dietary and physical activity guidelines, and principles of client centred care to prepare and justify nutrition care plans for active individuals and athletes. 2. Apply nutrition assessment methods, including hydration, body composition and a nutrition focused physical examination, to active individuals or athletes. 3. Critically discuss the physiology of exercise and substrate utilisation changes in response to exercise and different sport settings. 4. Identify specific nutritional issues associated with active individuals and athletes across the dynamic spectrum of health during the lifespan. 5. Make recommendations for the safe, legal and effective use of supplements by athletes. 6. Communicate effectively to negotiate services and compensation in a sports nutrition context. 7. Describe ethical considerations and scope of practice for dietitians specific to sports nutrition.

Enrolment requirements

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Co-requisites: ?

There are no co-requisites.

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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  • Study Abroad Students

Must be admitted into CC-63041 - Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens20/03/2022
Semester start16/05/2022
Subject start22/08/2022
Cancellation 1?24/08/2022
Cancellation 2?25/08/2022
Last enrolment22/08/2022
Withdraw – Financial?26/08/2022
Withdraw – Academic?28/08/2022
Teaching census?25/08/2022