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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 2018 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2019 [Standard Offering]
Study abroadAvailable to Study Abroad students
Study areas
  • Health Sciences
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2018: $4,247
  • Commencing in 2019: $4,290

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
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
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


Please check the subject outline for pre-requisite subjects.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens15/07/2018
Semester start10/09/2018
Subject start10/09/2018
Cancellation 1?24/09/2018
Cancellation 2?01/10/2018
Last enrolment23/09/2018
Last withdrawal?05/10/2018
Teaching census?05/10/2018