Module Title:Sports Nutrition
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 3 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Sports Nutrition will be taught in 30 theory classes of one hour duration and one two hour practical per week for 15 weeks. The theory classes will include lecture, Q&A, group discussion, CD-Rom support, and guest lecturers where appropriate. Practical work will involve demonstration, group work, discussion and analysis of data
Module Aim: To provide students with an understanding of the role of nutrition, nutritional practices and supplementation in enhancing exercise and sport performance
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Explain the role of nutrition in the preparation for competition
LO2 Appraise and critique current research in relation to nutritional supplementation for the enhancement of performance
LO3 Recommend and advise on the best nutritional practices and nutritional requirements for participation in exercise and competitive sport at all levels
LO4 Accurately measure, record and interpret the results of a number of sports nutrition laboratory practicals.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
Successful completion of year 2 or equivalent

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Section A.1
Current nutritional practices of athletes
Section A.2
Carbohydrates and performance – glycogen loading, carbs during exercise and in recovery
Section A.3
Fat as a support nutrient for energy; fat supplementation; body composition; caffeine and fat metabolism
Section A.4
Protein requirements; protein, amino acid and BCAA supplementation
Section A.5
Vitamins and minerals in exercise; iron, calcium, antioxidants
Section A.6
Fluid and electrolyte balance; heat, sweat, dehydration and rehydration
Section A.7
Creatine, Beta Alanine, Nitrate
Effect of carbohydrate ingestion before/during exercise performance; effect of exercise intensity on hydration status; effect of fluid intake during performance; energy expenditure during exercise; dietary analysis.
Assessment Breakdown%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Special Regulation
Students must achieve a minimum grade (35%) in both the practical/CA and final examination.
No Continuous Assessment
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Nutrition Laboratory paper 1,2,3,4 20.00 n/a
Practical/Skills Evaluation Nutrition Laboratory tasks and worksheets on metabolism, diet management 4 20.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Exam 1,2,3,4 60.00 End-of-Semester

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Laboratory 30 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Total Hours 120.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SASPS_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sport and Exercise Science 3 Mandatory
CW_SASRA_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy 3 Mandatory
CW_SASAC_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Strength and Conditioning 3 Mandatory