SPHP608 – Sport Nutrition

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Module code
Module title
Sport Nutrition
To develop the students' understanding of nutrition and its application to sport performance. Nutrition is one of the fundamental components of a total programme preparation philosophy and all sport science students are provided with an opportunity to acquire knowledge and understanding of sport nutrition in this core module.
  • SC9501
NZQA Level
Level 6
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
1 Compare and contrast the nutritional recommendations and guidelines for healthy adults and
for athletes.

2 Describe the nutritional requirements for athletes in a range of sports and the specific
factors that influence these requirements.

3 Identify and critically examine common myths associated with sport nutrition

4 Interpret and manage sport nutrition programmes designed to help achieve optimal sport
performance. They will be able to meet the professional standards that would be expected
of an entry level practitioner
- Nutrition guidelines for athletes and healthy adults

- Macro- and micronutrients
- Carbohydrate, Fat and Protein - Digestion and metabolism
- Hydration
- Vitamins and minerals

- Nutrition requirements for athletes in different sports

- Supplements and ergogenic aids

- Nutrition strategies - Training and Competition (pre, during, post)

- Body composition - fat mass and fat free mass
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Lectures will be used to introduce key themes and main topics to the students. Tutorial will develop concepts further through kinaesthetic or visual tasks. The assignments will encourage reflection on important concepts taught throughout the year.
Assessment Criteria
Candidates must achieve a minimum result of 40 in the final examination of this module. They must achieve a minimum C grade pass overall from assessments to receive a passing grade for this module.
Learning and Teaching Resource
Required Text:
An extended reading list will be supplied by the tutor at commencement of the course. This will be updated annually.