Sport & Exercise Nutrition


Subjects included in the Course:

  • The digestive system
  • Food groups
  • Carbohydrate loading
  • Proteins
  • Essential amino acids
  • Fats
  • Unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats
  • Vitamin and mineral index
  • Balanced diet
  • Energy balance
  • Healthy eating
  • Aerobic substrates
  • Anaerobic substrates
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Calorie requirements
  • Fluid
  • Sports supplements
  • Safe weight loss
  • Food diary
  • Food swaps
  • Recipes
  • Fad diets (discussion)
  • Very low calorie diet (VLCD)
  • Motivational strategies
  • Waist-to-hip ratios
  • Protein supplementation


Students obtaining 80% average pass marks will be awarded an accredited SNHS Diploma entitling them to practise.

Course Description

Sports Nutrition is the study and practice of nutrition and diet in relation to sports performance. It is concerned with the type and quantity of fluid and food taken by a sports person, and deals with nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, supplements and organic substances such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Nutrition is a crucial component in many sports training regimens, including strength sports (such as weight lifting and bodybuilding), and endurance sports (including cycling, running, gym sessions and swimming etc).

Designed to give positive ‘Nutritional Advice’ for everyone involved in any type of regular exercise. Students will learn which types of foods to consume prior to, and after exercise to avoid unnecessary stress to the body, and gain maximum performance during exercise periods.

Our course provides a very comprehensive overview of nutrition and its relationship to health and exercise, discussing the ‘five food groups’ and the importance of following a balanced diet irrespective of dietary goals (e.g. weight loss, muscle strengthening, performance enhancing).

About Our Course Writer – Zerlina Mastin

Zerlina Mastin has a BSc in Nutrition & Dietetics from Kings College London, and an MSc in Public Health Nutrition from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Zerlina has over 10 years experience working in the health and nutrition sector, initially working as a dietitian within the NHS before turning to freelance nutrition. As a Registered Nutritionist with the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN), Zerlina is the author of ‘Nutrition for Dancers’.

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