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This subject will build on students’ knowledge of sports nutrition, particularly as it applies to exercise participation, training, competition sport and recovery in sport and exercise for athletes of all ages and abilities (inclusive of children, adolescents, adults and senior athletes). Focus will be on fluids and fuels essential to good health and optimal performance in a variety of sporting contexts (summer, winter) and sporting needs (including strength, power, endurance). Attention will be paid to the individual athlete as well as to the needs of team players and to individuals with specific nutritional needs, including for those in weight conscious sports.
Students will be expected to use this knowledge to supplement their clinical decision-making in the assessment and management of athletic conditions in the sports and exercise contexts. Attention will also be paid to the evidence on the efficacy of supplements and ergogenic aids and their potential risks to athletes. Students will engage in informed debates on some of the current controversies and innovations in the use of nutrition agents in sports. They will be expected to comprehend and uphold the obligations and procedures in accordance with the WADA code. This further includes interpreting and applying these in diverse sporting contexts and for athletes in and out of competition.
Through this subject students will build on their understanding of the role of the sports nutritionist, and of their own role within the sports medicine team in contributing to the nutritional health of athletes. Students will be required to interview a sports nutritionist/dietician to complete one of the assessment tasks and to further build on some of the listed learning outcome in this subject.
The subject will commence with four-week module on the language, foundational principles and theory of nutrition in sports medicine. Students will than have the option of selecting two from three modules that explore nutrition relevant to three athletic populations: paediatrics & adolescent athletes, female athletes, and performance athletes. These modules are relevant to management of athletes of all ages and abilities, and also specifically relevant to three areas of practice specialisation.
This fully online subject will be taught with the use of case studies, video presentations, selected readings, webinars and discussions with colleagues, as well as through the completion of assessment tasks. This subject can be taken as a single subject or as part of a Graduate Certificate in Sports Medicine, Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine, Masters of Sports Medicine and Master of Sports Rehabilitation.
Intended learning outcomes
Sports Medicine Theory & Practice:
- Discuss the general guidelines on the fluid, energy, protein, vitamin and mineral needs for athletes in individual and team sports and in different competitive environments (such as cold, heat, strength, power, endurance).
- Critically describe the role of optimal nutrition (fuel and fluid) in exercise participation, training, competition sport and recovery; and the role and expertise of sports medicine professionals in providing nutritional advice to athletes for optimal health and sports performance.
- Critically discuss the likely effects of nutrition status on injury & illness risk and performance.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the use of nutritional agents, dietary supplements and ergogenic aids in athlete health and performance including their effects, risks and status in relations to anti-doping regulations.
Clinical Practice in Context:
- Engage with sports nutritionists/dieticians to provide athletes with evidence informed advice on nutrition for exercise participation, training, competition sport and recovery, in contexts such as wellness, illness and injury prevention and optimal performance.
- Construct evidence-informed advice for athletes and stakeholders regarding ergogenic aids and supplement use, in accordance with the WADA code.
- Recognise and intervene in clinical scenarios where nutrition is sub-optimal; including recognising adverse health effects of inadequate nutrition, signs and symptoms of nutrition agent & dietary supplement misuse; and potential to optimise nutrition and ergogenic aids for injury and illness prevention, rehabilitation and performance enhancement.
Evidence & Innovation:
- Debate the application of evidence-established and innovative approaches to sports nutrition, with attention to the key stakeholders that influence outcome in sports.
- Critically appraise the sports nutrition literature and apply evidence-informed knowledge about nutrition and ergogenic aids into clinical practice.
- Applying advanced knowledge of biological, social and medical sciences relevant to Sports Medicine to best-practice injury and case management
- Providing evidence-based advice and education to athletes and other professionals regarding the optimal activity or sport for specific individuals and the ways in which they can minimise risk of injury and promote health
- Advanced understanding, application and monitoring of the processes of clinical reasoning and the need to develop strategies of expert reasoning
- Critically evaluating their practice in relation to new information, promoting the appropriate application of new knowledge and innovations in multidisciplinary practice and decision-making processes
- Communicating and collaborating with the interdisciplinary team and all involved parties in case management
Last updated: 14 February 2020