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Nutrition, Exercise and Sports

Wageningen University via edX

Overview

Are you involved in sports and do you want to have a better understanding of the role of nutrition on performance and health? Do you want to learn whether certain nutritional strategies could be relevant for your own athletic performance and/or muscle growth? Are you a dietitian, physiotherapist or a health/sport coach and do you want to be able to provide proper nutritional advice for your clients? Or, are you none of the above but interested in nutrition and sports and want to make your own informed decisions about your daily food intake?
Then this online course is for you!

Nutrition is crucial to live an active and healthy life, to support training, and to optimize performance. In this course, researchers and teachers from Wageningen University & Research will familiarize you with the nutritional aspects of exercise and sports. What are the basic concepts in exercise physiology and sport nutrition science? How is exercise being fueled for the different types of sports like; power sports, sprinting and endurance exercise? And how does protein support skeletal muscle mass and performance? In this course you will learn to estimate energy needs and understand thermoregulation and fluid balance. You will learn about the role of micronutrients and supplements in exercise performance. Moreover, you will be introduced to some health issues related to doing exercise.
This course also touches upon how the lessons learned from nutrition and sports research can be applied during ageing. For example, what are the benefits of extra protein in vulnerable age groups?

Be aware that thiscourse will not tell you exactly what to eat. Instead, you will learn and understand the nutritional aspects of exercise and sport, so you can make your own informed decisions and critically evaluate nutritional advices and claims.

For whom?

This course is especially useful for:

  • Sport- and health coaches, Physiotherapists and Dietitians
  • People working in the (sport) food industry
  • Athletes and professional sporters
  • Everyone with a healthy appetite for knowledge about nutrition, exercise and sports

Ready to join the MOOC? This course contains several interesting and inspiring interviews with nutrition and sport professionals. It will provide basic understanding of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, and contains challenging assignments that will give you insight in nutritional needs and performance benefits for (your) athletes, your clients or yourself.

Syllabus

Week 1 | Introduction to Sport Nutrition (Science)

Key topics:

An introduction into Sports, Exercise and Nutrition, including types of Sports, Sport Nutrition Pyramid. An introduction into Sport Nutrition Science - including empirical cycle, study designs, critical issues and performance measurements.

Week 2 | Skeletal Muscle, Exercise and Sports

Key topics:

An introduction into Skeletal muscle anatomy & physiology, including contraction and energy transfer. Exercise capacity: Power & Endurance. Cardiopulmonal system during Exercise

Week 3 | Energy and Fluid balance

Key topics:

Energy requirement, energy availability. Thermoregulation, Fluid balance, (de)hydration & rehydration strategies

Week 4 | Macronutrients

Key topics:

Carbohydrates & fats as energy source, nutritional strategies. Skeletal muscle protein metabolism and dietary protein intake.

Week 5 | Micronutrients and ergogenic supplements

Key topics:

Function of micronutrients and recommendations: Iron, Magnesium, calcium and Vitamins D and B. Ergogenic supplements and sports performance

Week 6 | Exercise and Nutrition during ageing

Key topics:

Skeletal muscle and ageing, Protein & Exercise in older adults, Intervention strategies

Taught by

Dr. Marco Mensink, Rieneke Terink MSc and Pol Grootswagers MSc

Reviews

4.7 rating, based on 648 reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I am a retired male (age 60) who loss a lot of weight 8 years ago. I am not an athlete and have never participated in any sports. However, for the past 8 years, I've engage in regular intense exercise sessions at my local gym, about 7 hours per week,...
  • Pat B.
    I find the course made me sit down and review my own intakes. I'm enjoying the part on aging, too, as I am 65+ though still working and getting fitter right now. I believe I lost some fitness due to a injury a couple years ago. Through this course, I'm...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course is really fantastic.I came to know in details the importance of exercise and having healthy food enriched with vitamins,minerals and proteins. I never knew in details as to why it is important to ingest a correct quantity and the time to consume...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course was great. I liked the practical quests very much but I would have liked to see more measurements / experiments which can be done by a non-gym goer. I mean, I can't measure my max strength on 1 repetition of lifting if I don't have weights...
  • Harbans S.
    Nutrition, exercise & performances are interrelated with each other. The performance of an athlete depends upon the level of exercises in particular sport / event and the proper nutrition provides energy requirement , the performance will be satisfactory....
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Excellent course and I learned many things that can be practically applied to my own endeavors to stay healthy as I age . The course seems to focus mainly on improving the performance of elite athletes although there was a good section on healthy aging...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I really enjoyed taking every module of this mooc. I think it was well designed and the content was up to date. Concepts were presented in a clear way and explanations were didactical. I think the recap questions and quests were excellent to put in practice...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The information is presented in precise, easy to understand manner, is scientific and well balanced. The range is comprehensive and practical advice is given. For a person wanting to make a professional career in this field also, the course gives enough...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Great course. At age 72, the nutrition and exercise lectures were most helpful. I do Pilates and Flow Yoga exercise classes-do these classes meet the "resistance training" classification? For aerobic exercise I swim 1500 yds. in an hour 3 to 4 times a week-vigorous exercise? More clarification or examples of the moderate vs vigorous exercise would be helpful. I frequently have to adjust exercise due to severe cramping in multiple muscle groups. Is hydration really the problem. Elite athletes (NBA) are often crippled on the sidelines to due to cramping. With physicians at their side making sure that they are hydrated-how does this continue to occur? Again great course, thankyou for making it available.
    t. sanderson
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course isn't a doddle. It is comprehensive and you need to commit to it. But the benefits you receive will be substantial in acquisition of useful/ applicable knowledge for yourself or others you might train or train with is HUGE.
    The feedback is fantastic and some of the instructors communicate with you to clarify certain aspect of your answers, so you receive correct information before proceeding onto the next topic.
    You are encouraged to explore your own exercise, diet and ? supplementation regime, analysing their appropriateness as well as investigating on the web re other topics.
    I have gained substantial knowledge that I can use both for myself and for instructing others.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    First of all, I want to thank everyone who shared their knowledge and experiences. It was a very well prepared, easy to follow, very satisfying course. I would love to learn more from this team. I have learned lots about to question about my exercise and nutrition routines. With the out-takes of this course, especially on my training program I have already started to make some changes to achieve my goals. After finishing the module 6, I like to go over my parents nutrition (to encourage them to have more protein intake) and also their daily exercise routines. I hope that in the near future, Wageningen University will share with us new courses, especially on Sports and Exercise. Thank you...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I enjoyed this course a lot. The format of having relatively short videos (ranging from 2-10 minutes) and practice quizzes with detailed answers really suited my style of learning. I could take frequent breaks, save the videos and work in my own time. I paid to get a verified certificate as i found the information really beneficial for my own personal lifestyle but also my work as a personal trainer. Having proof of where i obtained my knowledge (sources) can sometimes be important.
    I highly recommend this course, even if you choose the free option (same as the paid, just without the exams and certificate).
    Never stop learning! Free education is amazing!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course isn't a doddle. It is comprehensive and you need to commit to it. But the benefits you receive will be substantial in acquisition of useful/ applicable knowledge for yourself or others you might train or train with is HUGE.
    The feedback is fantastic and some of the instructors communicate with you to clarify certain aspect of your answers, so you receive correct information before proceeding onto the next topic.
    You are encouraged to explore your own exercise, diet and ? supplementation regime, analysing their appropriateness as well as investigating on the web re other topics.
    I have gained substantial knowledge that I can use both for myself and for instructing others.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Thanks a lot for the course. Thanks for the coouse. Thanks a lot for the course. Thanks for the coouse Thanks a lot for the course. Thanks for the coouse. Thanks a lot for the course. Thanks for the coouse. Thanks a lot for the course. Thanks for the...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I found this course very informative. Just the right about of techincal/scientific information without being too confusing. I am able to use the information (formulas and tables) for personal use in my chosen sport to optimise my own nutrition and recovery strategies. I do not work in this field but it has prompted me to considering doing more study in this area and possibly look for a career related to this field. The quests were interesting and fun to do. Enjoyed the interaction and communication with other students via the discussion forum. The forum prompted more questions and further research into areas I had not previously investigated.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    As a student in a 3rd world country, I am honestly very happy to have taken this course as well as participate in the layout of the modules. I am studying bachelors in physiotherapy in Cebu Doctors' University and since the quarantine started I have been doing exercise, cooking/baking, and studying/ reading many journals that would involve nutrition, lifestyle, and understanding the body. I love sports and helping patients/ clients when they have a disability. Knowing about nutrition vaguely and trying it myself made me realize how important it is to balance with the intake of food. I learned a lot. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course was very informative. A lot more imformative than I expected. I am a personal trainer who has completed many courses before (many of which were expensive, €1000 and up) and I honestly think this is one of the best "basic" courses I've done. I say basic, but there was definitely a lot of stuff in here that I didn't know yet, because it was very in-depth. It did not cover anatomy or movement science (which also wasn't the point of this course I think) so on its own it's probably not enough to make a professional, but I would highly recommend it to anyone in the sports/exercise/nutrition branch.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    A simple and concise course on the effects of nutrition on the human body, in relation to exercise. Important for people that engage in casual exercise as it aids understanding of the various nutrients and the effects on performance. Doing this course also allows you to critically evaluate common nutrition misinformation, "bro-science" and common exercise myths. Overall informative course and I would recommend it to everyone who would like to know more about how science is done in field of sports nutrition and human physiology!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course is excellent. I have learned a lot of applied science. The principles learned during the course will help me to plan macro- and micro-nutrients intake (amount, quality, timing) around exercise. It has also explained some of my observations (hitting the wall, etc).
    The section on aging is also extremely interesting for elder people i know, as well as for my (near) future.
    A big thank you to the teachers!!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It was worth my time. The content is gripping and interesting, you never feel “?” as all the concepts are so clear and they teach you right from the basics. The courses covers almost everything from anatomy to physiology, basic exercise science to performance enhancement, from what is nutrition to dosage. It was an amazing learning experience for me.
    I’m a Sports physiotherapist so I’m excited to implement all the knowledge on the field:)

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