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- 02 Aug 2021
Established in 1991 after amalgamating four eastern Australian Catholic tertiary institutes, Australian Catholic University now has seven campuses, from Brisbane to Melbourne and welcomes students of all beliefs. Specialising in arts, business, education, health sciences, law, theology and philosophy, ACU encourages its students to think critically and ethically and bring change to their communities and offer this online through Open Universities Australia.
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On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- Communicate the role of the sports dietitian in providing sound nutritional advice to athletes
- Assess the nutritional demands of athletic performance in a variety of sports
- Critique contemporary issues in sports nutrition
- Appraise the role of nutritional factors and environmental factors affecting physical performance
- The evolution of sports nutrition
- Carbohydrate, protein and fat requirements for fuelling, recovery & physique
- Fluid and electrolyte needs during exercise
- Supplements and sports food
- Body composition and physique
- Nutrition challenges for weight making sports
- Adolescent sports nutrition
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
No special requirements
In high performance sport, athletes and coaches recognise that optimal nutrition is critical to sporting success. Sports nutrition links food with physical performance, providing the fuel for exercise and recovery, and the essential elements for tissue growth, maintenance and repair. This subject will address contemporary scientific and applied aspects of nutrition for sports performance. The composition, amount and timing of food intake for different sports and activities are explored, given the influence that these and others factors have on athletic performance. The aim of the subject is to provide specialist knowledge, understanding and skills for critically evaluating dietary practices for sports performance, and for communicating and delivering general nutritional advice to athletes, coaches and other support staff, within appropriate scope of practice and referral pathways. These outcomes are consistent with the professional standards of several accreditation bodies.
In order to best enable students to achieve unit learning outcomes and develop graduate attributes, standards-based assessment is utilised, consistent with University assessment requirements. A range of assessment strategies are used including: a written critique to assess the acquisition and communication of knowledge and understanding of content relevant to performance nutrition; and a case study to assess the application of knowledge, understanding and skills developed in the unit.
- Critique of a Current issue of debate (40%)
- Case Study (60%)
Check the learning management system (LMS) of your university for textbook details.