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Study the science behind sports nutrition, and its applications


One evening zoom call,
plus weekly content sent every Monday


Online Learning


3 Weeks 


Online only


Reps / EHFA



Level 4


This course specifically focuses on the nutrient requirements of athletes and sports teams.

  • The course is 3 weeks long with time after to complete a case study. You will be added to an online classroom with other student on the course. Course content & videos are posted for the week into the online class room on Monday mornings. Thursday there will be a zoom call with all students discussing the content from Monday, going through real life examples and Q&A's. Friday there will be either a short quiz or key study points from that week, posted in the online class room. You will have a case study to complete after the 3 weeks, from the topics leaned on the course.

Learning Outcomes to be achieved on this Sports Nutrition Course

  1. Assessing and realising the importance of basic metabolic function on sporting performance

  2. Have a basic understanding of the nutritional guidelines that will help the athlete in sporting performance

  3. To gain an appreciation of the nutritional needs of the athlete

  4. To recognise that and understand the limitations in the current knowledge in sport supplementation and that is ever evolving

  5. The coach should be able to carry out an assessment of the athlete and apply special knowledge and skills to aid performance

  6. To deliver recommendations for athletes that may aid or improve performance

  7. Be able to communicate and interpret data the athlete provides


Introduction to sports nutrition

An introduction to the history of sports nutrition and how Sports Nutrition is important to aid performance.

Exercise Metabolism

This gives the coach understanding of the energy systems and how these energy systems give us important information on nutritional practises.


This topic gives the coach an understanding of the functions, sources and energy yield from carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.


We look to understand the functions, sources, recommended daily intake and impact on energy from vitamins, minerals, and water.

Energy Expenditure

If we can understand the dynamics of the athlete’s energy expenditure and the need for energy balance, we as coaches can understand the athletes needs and get an understanding of the role of energy in their performance.

Timing of nutrition

An effective nutrient plan is important to fuel and refuel before and after training or performance and this will aid performance for the athlete, timing is of upmost importance for the athlete when designing a nutrition plan. 

Athlete Hydration and Replacing fluid

Dehydration can have negative effects on performance and body function. Sweating is a function to cool the body. This sweat contains water, sodium, magnesium, and potassium and this must be replaced these minerals and water to maintain muscle contraction and water balance.

The Factors and stresses of the Environment

Competition and training acts as stressors to the body, this may be volume, intensity or time that may. The environment such as temperature, humidity or metres above sea level all have their own added stress to the body and can cause performance problems for the athlete.

Disordered Eating patterns

Eating disorders and disordered eating are important to consider when assessing nutrition needs for the athlete. Social media and trends may influence these disorders, and it is important for the coach to understand that certain sports my bring greater risk for the athlete, these may be weight class sports or endurance sports. Us are coaches need to know the signs and the support systems in place for the athlete to support the athlete and give guidance.

Special populations

Factors of the individual that may affect the athlete’s ability to successfully achieve their nutritional needs or plan at ease.  This may down to the athlete’s circumstances such as religion, diabetes, coeliac, lactose intolerant, vegetarian or vegan.  These circumstances may need special planning or supplementation to succeed in the nutritional plan and for performance.

Ergogenic aids

When we as coaches have the trust of athletes it is our duty of care to ensure we adhere to the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) code for banned substances and we will look at the WADA code for guidance on banned substances. This topic is only growing as the amount of supplementation has grown 0ver the past 10 years, and so, there is a need to look at supplements that may aid performance in endurance, speed, and power sports not on the Wada list.

Sport specific considerations

Here we as coaches will look at specific sports and the recommendations and suggest aiding performance from team sports to endurance sports.


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If you are in receipt of any type of social welfare payments, you may be entitled to €1000 off your course fees.

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3 weeks (one evening per week)




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