Sports Nutrition Online Course

From: $50.00 Inc GST / week for 16 weeks



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This course is suitable for anyone with a passion for sports and those involved in coaching and performance.  Nutrition is now an essential part of any athletes conditioning.

  • Develop your understanding of the way nutrition relates to sporting performance.
  • Help sportsmen and athletes manage their diet
  • Improve your own performance in sport
  • Expand your career options to work in the fitness, health or sports industries.

Students receive a Careerline Certificate in Sports Nutrition upon completion of all assignments / optional exam.

Course Aims:

  • Discuss human nutrition as it relates to sport.
  • Explain energy and how energy is produced in the body.
  • Explain how energy is utilized in the human body.
  • Understand the characteristics of, and to be able to design an effective training diet.
  • Design a diet for an athlete.
  • Understand the principles of and be able to design an athletic diet for the days leading up to, during and after a competition.
  • Explain the importance of fluids in an athletic diet.
  • Define the body composition of an athlete, and to become aware of the methods of measuring body composition.
  • Examine effective methods for weight reduction and body fat control where they are deemed necessary.
  • Examine methods of increasing muscle mass and to assess the use of sports supplements.




“Yes i learnt lots and really enjoyed it. I learnt stuff that i have never thought about before, it keep me interested and made me want to learn more.” – Tamara Turner


There are 9 lessons:

1. Introduction to Human and Sports Nutrition

    • Dietary nutrients
    • Recommended daily intake (nutrients, protein and energy, selected vitamins & minerals)
    • The Balanced Diet
    • The Food Pyramid
    • The basics for a healthy eating lifestyle
    • Carbohydrates, Proteins, and Fats
    • Food composition Tables

2. Energy

    • Understanding the chemical energy
    • Calories
    • Sources of energy in food
    • Caloric contents of selected foods
    • Energy systems of the human body
    • ATP as source of Energy
    • Aerobic vs Anaerobic Respiration
    • The caloric cost of everyday activities

3. Energy in an Athlete’s Body

    • Aerobic vs Anaerobic Capacity (VO2 max)
    • Metabolism
    • Respiration Quotient
    • Energy Expenditure for Activities
    • What happens during Exercise?
    • Proteins as an Energy source
    • Fitness Testing and Assessment
    • Blood Pressure
    • Body Weight Percentage Fat
    • Physical Dimensions
    • Heart Rate
    • Lung Capacity
    • Cardiovascular Score
    • Aerobic Fitness
    • Field Evaluation of Cardiorespiratory Endurance
    • 12-minute Fitness Test

4. The Training Diet

    • Carbohydrates
    • Proteins
    • Do athletes require more protein?
    • Fats
    • Other nutrients
    • Meal timing
    • Suggested recipes for athletes

5. The Competition Diet

    • Carbohydrate loading
    • How much carbohydrate does an athlete need?
    • Pre-competition eating
    • Eating during competition
    • Competition, fatigue and nutrition
    • Competition recovery requirements
    • Training and fatigue and the training response
    • Fatigue
    • Recovery from exercise
    • Oxygen Debt
    • Lactic acid

6. The Fluids

    • Function of Water in the Body
    • How much Fluid is needed?
    • Water and Solute Regulation
    • Electrolytes
    • Water and Body Temperature Regulation
    • Intravenous Fluid Replacement
    • Examples of Fluid Loss during Exercise

7. The Athlete’s Body

    • Body Composition
    • Body Composition Assessment Techniques
    • Importance of Body Composition to Performance

8. Weight Management

    • Mechanics of Weight Loss
    • Why Athletes want to Lose Weight?
    • Overweight People
    • Weight Change and Very Low Energy Diets
    • Tips for Losing Body Fat
    • Characteristics of a Safe Reduction Diet
    • Eating Disorders
    • Metric and English Unit Conversions

9. Training for Size and Use of Sports Supplements

    • Gaining Muscle Mass
    • Sport Supplements
    • Types of Sports Supplements
    • Drug Testing
    • Glossary

Your Tutor

Jodie Walpole Bachelor of Applied Science (Food & Nutrition), Advanced Practitioner in Life Coaching
Jodie Walpole

Jodie is a qualified Nutritionist and Advanced Practitioner in Life Coaching.

Jodie brings to Careerline over 15 years corporate nutrition and health experience as a result of working for several large multinational food and beverage companies. Jodie is passionate about all aspects of nutrition, health and wellness with particular interest in weight management and childhood obesity.

More recently Jodie completed her Advanced Practitioner of Life Coaching course and is a certified Life Coach with hours of practical experience. As a Life Coach Jodie enjoys working with clients to close the gap between where they are currently in their lives and where they want to be.

Jodie is also an experienced tutor enjoying the challenge of working with students to reach their full potential.