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The aim of this programme is to provide suitable academic training relating to the foundation of biosciences for the study of sport and exercise nutrition (SEN). Work based learning will be a major focus of the programme highlighting the wealth of professional roles within sport and exercise nutrition practice.
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Diet and nutrition significantly affect sport performance. The food and fluid which an athlete consumes before, during, and after training and competition affects health, body mass and body composition, as well as performance in, and, recovery from, the effects of exercise. As such, an optimum diet can help to maximise sport performance.
An increased level of participation in physical activity, exercise and sport also helps to improve the health and well-being of our sedentary general population. Increased physical activity can help to reduce obesity, the risk of heart disease, some cancers, and osteoporosis, and can play a role in promoting mental health. Sound knowledge and practical application of sport and exercise nutrition can ensure a healthy balance between exercise and diet of individuals and groups of individuals at all levels of fitness.
The aim of this programme is to provide suitable academic training relating to the foundation of biosciences for the study of sport and exercise nutrition (SEN). This course will provide knowledge relating to the biosciences of sport and exercise nutrition, critical awareness and transferable skills for job opportunities in the wider nutrition and sports industry. It will also equip those with aspirations to work in the area of sports nutrition with the knowledge required before pursuing a one year Masters of Science postgraduate course (at Ulster) or other institution before securing practitioner registration to practice as a registered sport and exercise nutritionist.
In the first year of the programme students will complete the following modules:
- Principles of anatomy and physiology;
- Study skills for professional development;
- Chemistry and pharmacology;
- Introduction to sport and exercise nutrition;
- Biochemistry; and
- Sport and Exercise Psychology
In the second year of the programme, students will complete the following modules:
- Nutrition through the lifecycle;
- Assessment of nutritional status;
- Physiology of sport and exercise;
- Employability in sport and exercise nutrition;
- Integrated exercise physiology and nutrition; and
- Food science and professional practice in sports nutrition
The third year will be an optional placement in sport/sport and exercise nutrition setting (25-week minimum).
**students not taking the placement year, can progress into their final year**
In the final year of the programme, students will complete the following modules:
- Nutrition research methodology;
- Exercise metabolism;
- Sport and exercise nutrition;
- Performance nutrition;
- Nutrition for health and disease prevention and;
- Dissertation project in sport and exercise nutrition.