Nutrition and Sports Performance

Nutrition and Sports Performance would give students a brief overview of positive health-related outcomes of a physically active lifestyle. Students would design a fitness regimen and be able to describe when and how glycogen, blood glucose, fat, and protein are used to meet energy needs during different types of physical activity. They would be able to differentiate between anaerobic and aerobic use of glucose, and identify advantages and disadvantages of each. This course would outline how to estimate and athlete's calorie need and discuss the general principles for meeting overall nutrient requirements in the training diet. The problems associated with rapid weight loss by dehydration and the importance of water and/or sports drinks during exercise would be examined. An understanding of the importance of staying well-nourished with carbohydrate, protein, and various vitamins and minerals before, during, and after training would be discussed.

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