This module aims to provide an introduction to the basic principles of performance nutrition and the use of nutritional strategies to optimise performance in sport and exercise. It will look at nutrition biochemistry in terms of energy metabolism, regulation of food uptake and a detailed consideration of Carbohydrates, Lipids, Vitamins, Macromaterials and Trace Metals and associated disorders. It will also look at the needs of various athlete types in terms of nutritional needs and metabolic regulation.
The importance of Energy changes within living systems with particular emphasis on the role of nutrition. Regulation of food uptake in terms of physiology, sensory, appearance, texture. Associated disorders such as anorexia and bulimia will be examined.
Biochemistry of glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, dietary, amino acid metabolism, fatty acids, protein sciences and nutritive value.
Carbohydrate structure, function, digestion, absorption, metabolism and associated disorders.
Lipid structure, function, digestion, absorption and nutritional values. Hormonal effects, aging effects, cancers and dietary fat will be explored.
Fat soluble vitamins their bio potency, structure/function and disorders associated with their deficiencies.
Water soluble vitamins & their structure, function, absorption, distribution, toxicity and deficiencies.
Macro materials sodium, potassium, calcium; their regulation, bioavailability, deficiencies and requirements.
Trace minerals, their absorption, excretion, metabolism, toxicity, deficiency and function.
High intensity exercise: Effect of exercise duration, effects of nutritional status, effects of training, mechanisms of fatigue
Endurance Exercise: Effect of exercise duration, effects of nutritional status, effects of training, mechanisms of fatigue
High intensity intermittent exercise: Effect of exercise duration, effects of nutritional status, effects of training, mechanisms of fatigue
A variety of learning and teaching methods will be used in the delivery of this module including lectures, online materials,workshops/ practicals and student presentations. Students will have access to lecture information and additional resources through Webcourses.. Assessment will comprise an analysis of an athlete type and feedback on nutritional need by written report and presentation.
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