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(EXS 411) Sports Nutrition Certification

This certification program is designed for career-oriented professionals looking to expand their knowledge and skills in sports nutrition, a primary domain of the personal trainer profession. This advanced program is available to any NCCA-certified professional in good standing, individuals holding a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, kinesiology, or related field, or individuals holding a REPs credential, level 3 or higher. This program takes an in-depth look at nutritional science and its application to sports and athletic performance. The latest evidence-based information is presented in a building block model affording fitness professionals the opportunity to develop the competencies necessary of a skilled practitioner, allowing them to expand their service offerings as a sports nutrition specialist.

Credit Hours 2.0 Lecture
Prerequisites BIOL 260/L and BIOL 261/L and EXS 270
Offered Spring
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Course Outcomes

Through the interaction of theory and practical applications, students will develop an understanding of:

  1. The general principles of nutrition.
  2. Recommended dietary intakes and practical guidelines for a healthy diet.
  3. How to properly analyze food labels for nutrient appropriateness.
  4. Fuel sources for exercise and optimal exercise metabolism.
  5. Energy balance and athletics.
  6. Regulation of the gastrointestinal tract and exercise-related issues.
  7. Carbohydrate, protein, and fat intake for optimized sport performance.
  8. Proper fluid intake during sport training/competition, thermoregulation, and dehydration.
  9. Vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant intake for optimized sport performance.
  10. The use and safety of nutritional supplements commonly used as ergogenic aids.
  11. The effects of nutrition on adaptation and immune function.
  12. Body composition and weight management in athletics.
  13. Eating disorders in sport and special dietary needs