This unit will provide students with an understanding of the nutritional requirements for sport and exercise performance. Students will develop an understanding of the nutritional management to support physical activity and training programs undertaken by children, adolescents and adult recreational, sub-elite and/or elite athletes. Students will develop skills and the understanding of the assessment/provision of such topic areas as: Hydration, training and competition diets, diets to aid recovery, sports supplements and ergogenic aids, and various methods for assessing energy expenditure and body composition.

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HHN2001 - Family Health and Nutrition Through the Lifespan

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Describe physiological and metabolic processes involved in different physical activities;  
  2. Contextualise different diet-related strategies to enhance training and performance in athletes;  
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of recovery requirements in various population groups and competitive levels;  
  4. Critically review commonly used ergogenic aids and the scientific research to support these;  
  5. Articulate the practical considerations in the provision of dietary management strategies for athletes;  
  6. Critique and interpret various methods for assessing energy expenditure and body composition.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Two (2) short tests of one (1) hour duration each 30%
Assignment Design, plan and justify a seven (7) day training diet for an athlete (1000 words). 30%
Examination Final Exam (2 hours) 40%

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