Module Overview

Sports Ergogenic Aids

Ergogenic aids are very popular supplements in relation to the enhancement of exercise and sports performance, in part because of the power of the advertising surrounding these products. However, for many of these nutritional products there is little if any empirical evidence to support their performance enhancing effects. In this module you will study the biochemical processes that they claim to enhance. You will learn to critically evaluate dietary advice and nutritional products related to optimising sports performance and training, including topics such as carbohydrate manipulation, protein supplementation, nutritional supplements such as caffeine, β-alanine, antioxidants and polyphenols.

Module Code

FOOD 4000

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Introduction and overview

Integration of metabolism

Carbohydrate supplementation and optimising performance – Fat intake – ω-3, ω-6 fatty acids and fat loading

Protein requirements for endurance athletes – Protein requirements for strength athletes

Ergogenic aids: stimulants

Ergogenic aids: anti-oxidants

Ergogenic aids: alkalisers/buffers

Ergogenic aids: recovery

Ergogenic aids: training adaptation

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination60
Other Assessment(s)40