Nutrition for Peformance and Health
Run by School of Human and Behavioural Sciences
20.000 Credits or 10.000 ECTS Credits
Overall aims and purpose
Nutritional intake is an essential aspect of optimal exercise performance and health. It is therefore important that sport and exercise scientists possess a broad knowledge of the way that dietary intake and nutritional strategies contribute to the performance and health of athletes, regular exercisers, and the general public.
This module will complement your existing knowledge of sport and exercise science by illustrating how nutrition and nutritional strategies can be used to assist athletes, exercisers, and the public to achieve their physical goals; whether that be optimal sporting performance and/or the acquisition of a healthier lifestyle.
In this module you will learn about the modern and traditional influence that nutrition has on performance and health. The module will specifically focus on the way that science translates into nutritional practice to facilitate performance and health. It will do this by looking at a variety of themes, for instance topics may include, principles of metabolism and the effect of nutriton and exercise on metabolic regulation, and the various ways that carbohydrate, fat, protein and fluid intake can influence performance and health. Topics may also include the timings and quantities of these components, as well as supplementation strategies and vitamin and mineral intake, to illustrate how nutrition can be optimally shaped at an individual level. In addition it will provide insight into the way that nutritional intake can be measured and modified over longer periods of time, along with the physical and physiological mechanisms behind acute and chronic nutrition intake. This will be considered for athletic performance, health, disease prevention, health risks and lifestyle dependent malnutrition.
Students must show an ability to critically reconstruct material and evidence of wide reading of current research literature and extensive use of independent reading and primary sources. Students are able to accurately present, interpret and analyse data and form clear nutritionally related and scientifically driven conclusions to address the question. Excellent referencing, structure and writing style
Students must show a competent ability to reconstruct material with some evidence of critical thought. There will be evidence of wide reading of current research literature to ensure a scientifically dirven approach to answering the question, though the use of primary sources and independent reading will be limited. Good presentation standard, with good evidence of an ability to interpret and analyse data and form clear nutritionally related conclusions to address the question. Good referecing, structure and writing style with some lapses in standard.
Limited evidence of understanding of the material with a generally descriptive aproach and little to no evidence of critical thought. Notable omissions in the use of scientifically driven primary sources and/or independent reading, errors and irrelevancies when interpreting and analysing nutritionally related data. This is accompanied by adequate - poor referencing, structure, and writing style
On successful completion of this module students will be able to apply previously acquired biochemical and physiological knowledge to understand the digestion of macro/micro nutrients and their role in energy metabolism
On successful completion of this module students will be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of how nutritional status influences sports performance and how different events have different nutritional requirements
On successful completion of this module students will be able to accurately evaluate the specific role of macronutrients (e.g., carbohydrate, fat protein) and fluid availability in the diet of an athlete and how this may vary according to the sport in which the athlete is involved.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to critically understand how nutritonal intake can influence the health of individuals and the role of nutrition in health and disease
On successful completion of this module students will be able to recognise how nutritional requirements may differ between certain populations and ways in which this can be evaluated and addressed
Teaching and Learning Strategy
The lecture time for this 20 credit module will consist of 18 x 2 hour lecturs. These lectures sessions will consist of a blend of lecture driven material and student orientated tasks.
|Practical classes and workshops||
There will be two, 2 hour practical sessions on this module. These practical sessions will provide students with a more "hands-on" insight into the way that nutrition intake and makers of lifestyle-related nutriton can be measured.
Students will independently use this time to obtain a deeper insight into reccommended reading, lecture based concepts, and scientifically-driven individual reading aroung the relevant topics in the module.
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
Subject specific skills
- research and assess paradigms, theories, principles, concepts and factual information, and apply such skills in explaining and solving problems
- critically assess and evaluate data and evidence in the context of research methodologies and data sources
- describe, synthesise, interpret, analyse and evaluate information and data relevant to a professional or vocational context
- plan, design, execute and communicate a sustained piece of independent intellectual work, which provides evidence of critical engagement with, and interpretation of, appropriate data
- apply knowledge to the solution of familiar and unfamiliar problems
- develop a sustained reasoned argument, perhaps challenging previously held assumptions
- demonstrate effective written and/or oral communication and presentation skills
- work effectively independently and with others
- take and demonstrate responsibility for their own learning and continuing personal and professional development
- plan and design practical activities using appropriate techniques and procedures whilst demonstrating high levels of relevant skills
- recognise and respond to moral, ethical, sustainability and safety issues that directly pertain to the context of study including relevant legislation and professional codes of conduct
- develop transferable skills of relevance to careers outside of sport, health and exercise sciences.
- communicate succinctly at a level appropriate to different audiences.
- accurately interpret case study data
- develop justifiable and/or evidence-based interventions
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/jxh-2052.html
Example reading is listed below:
Naomi, M Cermak; Luc J. C. van Loon (2013). The Use of Carbohydrates During Exercise as an Ergogenic Aid. Sports Medicine, 43(11), 1139-1155
Jensen, M., Kilimstra, M., Sporer, B., & Stellingwerff, T (2018). Effect of Carbohydrate Mouth Rinse on Performance after Prolonged Submaximal Cycling. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 50(5); 1031-1038
Huecker, M., Sarav, M., Pearlman, M., & Laster, J (2019). Supplementation in Sport: Source, Timing, and Intended Benefits. Current Nutrition Reports, 8(4), 382-396.
Pickering, C & J, Grgic. (2019). Caffeinie and Exercise: What Next? Sports Medicine, 49(7), 1007-1030
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- C617: BSc Sport Science, PE & Coaching year 2 (BSC/SSCPE)
- C64P: BSc Sport Science, PE and Coaching with Placement Year year 2 (BSC/SSCPEP)
- C618: BSc Sport Sci: Strength & Conditioning year 2 (BSC/SSSC)
- C65P: BSc Sport Science: Strength & Conditioning with Placement Yr year 2 (BSC/SSSCP)
- C621: MSci Sport & Exercise Science year 2 (MSCI/SES)