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EHR424 Nutrition for Exercise, Sport & Health (8)


The primary focus of this subject is to provide the scientific background and specific knowledge related to the nutritional needs of healthy active people undertaking exercise, and performance issues related to athletes. This subject will address current concepts and controversies relating to both health and 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 optimizing 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

Students should have an understanding of anatomy and physiology, as well as fundamental exercise physiology prior to undertaking this subject.

Enrolment restrictions

Available to students in: Graduate Diploma in Exercise and Sport Science or as approved by the Course Director
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
EHR318 EHR318 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the relationship between nutrition and the energy demands of the healthy individuals compared to athlete;
  • be able to critique current sports nutrition literature and be able to generate practical advice for healthy persons and athletes;
  • be able to demonstrate appropriate methods for assessing an individualís nutritional needs;
  • be able to describe an appropriate nutritional plan to enhance performance and optimise health;
  • be able to explain the importance of fluid and electrolytes and methods of hydration monitoring;
  • be able to explain the appropriate use of nutritional supplements and ergogenic aids.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • What is nutrition science?
  • Understanding 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;
  • Nutrition strategies and recommendations for health and well-being.


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.