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EHR318 Nutrition and Sports Performance (8)


The primary focus of this subject is to provide the scientific background and specific knowledge related to the nutritional needs of athletes and active people undertaking exercise. This subject will address current concepts and controversies relating to sports nutrition by linking information in the fields of exercise science and nutrition. Topic areas covered include nutritional assessment of athletes; energy, protein and carbohydrate requirements for athletes; nutritional needs for training, competition and recovery; and dietary supplements and ergogenic aids. This subject will also explore the role of nutrition in optimising training responses, adaptations and sports performance.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Exercise Science, Sport and Health

Assumed Knowledge


Enrolment restrictions

Bachelor of Sports Science students.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • critique current sports nutrition literature and be able to generate practical advice for athletes;

  • demonstrate appropriate methods for assessing the nutritional needs of athletes;

  • describe an appropriate nutritional plan for an athlete to enhance performance and optimise health.

  • demonstrate methods of hydration monitoring of athletes;

  • explain the appropriate use of nutritional supplements and ergogenic aids for athletes.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Assessment of energy expenditure;
  • Exercise metabolism;
  • Carbohydrate as an energy source for sport and exercise;
  • Role of fats as an energy source;
  • Protein and amino acid requirements for athletes;
  • Micronutrients important for exercise;
  • Hydration assessment of athletes;
  • Fluid balance in sport and exercise;
  • Dietary supplements and nutritional ergogenic aids.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.