Performance Nutrition for the Physically Active – HLTH 645

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course focuses on the role of nutrients and prescriptive diets in rehabilitation services, fitness and sport performance.




Physical fitness is a major component of Public Health, supporting health promotion and disease prevention. It is fostered by adequate and appropriate nutritional practices for both the average person desiring to develop a basic exercise program and the professional athlete preparing for competition. A strong foundation in nutrition is essential for educating and counseling individuals participating in sports. It is also an important part of caring for our bodies as “temples of the Holy Spirit” (1 Cor. 6:19–20).

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Describe how carbohydrates, fats, and proteins are utilized by the body for energy during sporting events.
    2. Discuss fluid replacement needs during exercise.
    3. Describe the effects of exercise on micronutrient recommendations.
    4. Evaluate popular ergogenic aids.
    5. Design a personalized dietary plan for weight change.
    6. Provide dietary recommendations to enhance healing of sport injuries.
    7. Effectively coach athletes in regards to diet and their exercise regime.

In addition to the learning outcomes listed above, this course addresses the following Nutrition Concentration Competencies as primary emphases.

By the end of the course the student will be able to:

  1. Identify and interpret reliable nutrition sources for health promotion purposes.
  2. Explain the role of macro and micronutrients for nutritional health and well-being.
  3. Apply nutrition principles and research findings into intervention strategies for specific populations.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

The student will complete 2 Discussion Board Forums. Each will consist of a thread of 400–500 words and at least 2 replies to other classmates of 200–250 words each. The instructor is looking for substantial, thoughtful, and critical discussions.

Nutrition Knowledge Survey

The purpose of the survey is to assess the nutrition knowledge among athletes.

Part 1: The student will survey 3 athletes to assess their knowledge of nutrition as it pertains to their sport. The student will submit a summary of the findings and post a thread of 400–500 words to the corresponding Discussion Board Forum.

Part 2: The student will review all entries posted by his/her classmates on the survey Discussion Board Forum and then write and submit a final summary of 400–500 words regarding the knowledge on diet and sports performance as represented by all athletes interviewed.

Learning Activities (3)

In order to enhance application of the material presented, the student will complete 3 learning activities. Each activity involves writing a response of a minimum of 500–600 words to a given scenario, question, or topic.

Case Study

This assignment is divided into 2 parts.

Part 1: Sport Selection, Description and Explanation of Nutritional Demands. The student will select a sport that is played on the college or professional level and describe the sport according to its characteristics of competition and method of training. Student will describe in a professional and scientific manner the nutritional issues and challenges of the sport.

Part 2: Final Dietary Prescription. Centered on the sport’s various features presented in Part 1, the student will create a comprehensive diet plan.

Exams (4)

The student will take 4 exams covering the Dunford and Doyle textbook readings, supplemental readings, presentations, and lecture notes. Each exam is open-book/open-notes and must be completed in 2 hours.