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Nutrition, Exercise and Sports

Wageningen University via edX

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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

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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 the vitamins,minerals and proteins.

Further as the course shows videos of different personalities,I had an idea as to what is going on in the world regarding sports and nutrition.I myself is an athlete I now know what percentage of protein I should have and how much exercise should I do.It is also a fact that the course has gi…
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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!
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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!!
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Its a really good course! I got very good information which I can now bring in practice for myself.The videos were informative.The language was simple and easy to understand.It was informative looking at the submissions made by the fellow collegues.It can be seen that all the team has taken much efforts to design this course.

I am thankful to the team.
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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, to maintain my health, fitness, and wellness.

Over the years, I've developed a keen interested in nutrition and exercise, and so this course was perfect for me. It provided an opportunity to formally learn about many topics of interest spanning exercise and nutrition. I've a science background, so the course's evidence-based approach…
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Great evidence based course! I Would recommend it for everyone interested is sport nutrition in young and older age. Lots of useful information. Thank you very much!
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Excellent course. This was my first contact with exercise and sport nutrition and it gave very good basic knowledge. Thank you
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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 . I would argue that most people are not elite athletes so there was a substantial element missing that of improving the exercise of typical people who undertake sport/exercise. The emphasis on elite athletes seemed counter-intuitive to healthy eating advice particularly in relation to eating simple carbohydrates and the current issues with insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. I would have liked to see more about healthy nutrition to support those who what to use nutrition and exercise to achieve a healthy weight and more importantly body composition.
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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 what we had just learned.I felt motivated to do further reading on certain topics due to the quests and the suggestion of the proffessors. Interviews with experts in the field took theory to a practical and professional level.

I really liked module 6 on healthy ageing; we all have parents, grandparents or ourselves that will want to follow the guidelines.

I would definitely recommend this course, and will be looking forward to take another mooc from Wageningen University. Thank you for these excelent couple of weeks!
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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 scientific inputs to take off in right earnest. For a person like me who wanted some practical advice in the field to incorporate in daily life, the course has offered invaluable insights in this fascinating field. These will be very valuable indeed for my personal use. I am very glad that i was able to complete this course, despite having a schedule which did not allow much time for pursuing a MOOC. I am indeed indebted to all the persons who have made this course so interesting, educative and fun filled.
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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.

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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...
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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.
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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.
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Hello,

I' m Dilara Hasipek. I'm from Turkey and i'm 3rd year student at Hacettepe University department of Nutrition and Dietetics. I really interested in the field of sport nutriton so i took this course. I realise that this course is really full of scientific knowlage and articles and trials. It is the reason why i complete all the models before the deadline. I have wanted to work with a team in the future but i had some questions in my mind. But after this cours, now my mind is more clear. Thank you a lot. Its really nice to meet you!
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very good insights into how nutrition affects the athletic performance of different athletes. I myself am an endurance runner, but learning about other sport disciplines is super useful since I can distinguish now if certain advice is correct for me as an endurance athlete or not.

the one thing I did kind of miss is more a focus on the recovery phase of an athlete, and then in particular things such as stretching, cross-training or recovery days.

nevertheless, a big thanks to you guys, you helped me a lot!
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It is an excellent course which covers the basics and then goes an extra step further.

Even though I knew some of the basics already I found the progression to be perfectly paced.

I enjoyed the Quests and had fun with those little projects.

Module 6 on Ageing has been a wonderful discovery and I learned quite a bit from it.

Overall, I am really satisfied with this course and I appreciate all the time and effort it went into creating all the material for it. I will display my certificate proudly!
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I passed the Food, Nutrition and Health course earlier this year. That was brilliant, therefore I looked forward for this course which I expected to extend my knowledge and further help me to implement the nutrition knowledge in sport. As I'm owner of the fitness gym and licenced coach, both those courses really helped me to provide comprehensive service to my clients. Thank you very much indeed for both (actually three) courses and hope that the Wageningen University will prepare some other courses.
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FYI: "Westernization", the lack of convience & reading food labels quickly may not be a SMART strategy in calculating fruitose, glocose & carbohydrates before, during or after exercise! Manual calculations for accuracy should be implemented when there are no calculators available! Also, reading energy production graphs by the second during a game without a A&P (Anatomy & Physiology) book on hand may be challenging! Great learning experience in this course, Thanks! DivineMAC, 12.8.2019!
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Very interesting. Just the right level of detail. It would be great to learn more about real examples of say, when in a marathon an elite runner consumes calories and how many, and when is too late in the race to be beneficial.

From taking a variety of MOOCs in the past, I know it is difficult to encourage enough people to take the interactive exercises. Maybe it would work better if people did these parts earlier in each section.

Thank you for the tuition.
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