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Sports Nutrition for Fitness Professionals
Course: EXS146

First Term: 2009 Spring
Lecture   0.5 Credit(s)   0.5 Period(s)   0.5 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S

Description: Advanced principles and applications in sports nutrition for fitness professionals/trainers. Topics include nutrient needs, effectiveness and usage of ergogenic aids, sports nutrition diet, and program development

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Describe the benefits and limitations of sports nutrition in exercise performance. (I)
2. Describe and calculate nutrient needs for exercise and sport activities. (II)
3. Assess and interpret effectiveness of ergogenic aids. (III)
4. Develop a sports nutrition program for elite athletes and fitness enthusiasts. (IV)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Sports nutrition
   A. History
   B. Definition
   C. Benefits relating to exercise performance
   D. Limitations relating to exercise performance
      1. Research methods
      2. Nutrition quackery
      3. Unique characteristics of athlete
II. Nutrient requirements
   A. Energy
      1. Determining calorie expenditure for sport
      2. Storage and usage in body
         a. High intensity/duration
         b. Low intensity/duration
      3. Factors affecting energy requirements
         a. Metabolism
         b. Exercise frequency, intensity time
         c. Body size, sex
   B. Determining protein requirements based on body size and exercise
   C. Carbohydrates
      1. Requirements based on body size and exercise
      2. Carbohydrate loading theory
   D. Fat requirements based on body size and exercise
   E. Vitamins/minerals
      1. Requirements
      2. Megadose levels
   F. Water requirements based on body size, exercise, and environmental factors
III. Ergogenic aid usage
   A. Effectiveness in sport/exercise performance
   B. Types
      1. Protein
      2. Carbohydrates
      3. Vitamin/mineral preparations
      4. Electrolyte replacements
      5. Weight/lean body mass gainers
      6. Non-nutrient supplements
   C. Contraindications
IV. Sports nutrition programs and diets
   A. Elite athletes
      1. Marathons, 10K races
      2. Triathalons
      3. Body building
      4. Team sports
   B. Fitness enthusiasts
      1. Aerobics instructors
      2. Dancers
      3. High frequency, intensity exercisers
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date:  6/24/2008

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