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NUTR71-115: Sports Nutrition


This subject builds on earlier studies in clinical dietetics to develop graduate competencies relevant to sports 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. This subject will enhance student’s knowledge and skills to support their development towards evidence-based sports nutrition practice.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Semesters offered
  • September 2018 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • May 2019 [Standard Offering]
Study abroadNot Available to Study Abroad students
Study areas
  • Health Sciences
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2018: $3,703
  • Commencing in 2019: $3,870

Learning outcomes

1. Describe foods and food preparation methods used in relation to sports nutrition practice.
2. Apply the National Physical Activity Guidelines in practice.
3. Develop educational material that is evidence-based, culturally sensitive and pitched at the appropriate literacy level to meet the needs of sports nutrition clients.
4. Interpret and describe the advantages and limitations of anthropometric, body composition and nutritional assessment data using appropriate reference ranges.
5. Identify nutrition outcome measures and performance indicators related to sports nutrition interventions and the factors that impact adaptation to training and exercise.
6. Identify the changes in metabolism of carbohydrate, protein and fat that occur during physical activity and the likely impact on sports nutrition requirements.
7. Outline nutrition strategies to enhance recovery and adaptation after exercise training.
8. Provide an evidence-based rationale for the use of specific supplements and ergogenic aids to enhance performance.
9. Describe the physiological functions of vitamins and minerals and explain how and why mincronutrient requirements may be altered in athletes compared with non-exercising individuals.
10. Critically appraise the nutritional, health and psychological risks of 'fad' or popular diets.
11. Identify and discuss specific nutrition issues associated with children, adolescent and older athletes.
12. Apply knowledge of the sporting environment as to how this can influence sports nutrition practice.


Please check the subject outline for pre-requisite subjects.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens18/03/2018
Semester start14/05/2018
Subject start06/08/2018
Cancellation 1?08/08/2018
Cancellation 2?09/08/2018
Last enrolment06/08/2018
Last withdrawal?09/08/2018
Teaching census?09/08/2018
Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens15/07/2018
Semester start10/09/2018
Subject start13/08/2018
Cancellation 1?14/08/2018
Cancellation 2?09/08/2018
Last enrolment12/08/2018
Last withdrawal?14/08/2018
Teaching census?14/08/2018