Sport and Exercise Nutrition applies knowledge of the science of nutrition in order to promote exercise and sport performance. It is the science of the effects of diet and dietary components on the performance of the individual, and of how exercise affects the metabolism of nutrients in the body and the body’s requirements for nutrients.
Sport and Exercise Nutrition requires an understanding of the physiological and biochemical responses to physical activity and exercise, and of the special circumstances that occur during training and competition in sports.
Diet and nutrition significantly affect sport and exercise performance. What an individual drinks and eats before, during, and after exercise affects health, body mass and body composition, as well as performance in, and, recovery from, the effects of exercise. An optimum diet can help to maximise sport performance.
There is a growing need for sound advice on Sport and Exercise Nutrition, across a wide-spectrum from amateur to elite professional levels within sport and for those undertaking physical activity for health. Sound knowledge of sport and exercise nutrition is also important for the families of athletes and physically active individuals, for coaches, and for others working within the sport and fitness industries such as instructors, teachers, managers, and administrators of events and clubs.
The Register in Sport and Exercise Nutrition (SENR) is a voluntary register designed to accredit suitably qualified and experienced dietitians and nutritionists who have the competency to work autonomously with performance oriented athletes, as well as those participating in physical activity, sport and exercise for health.
Find out more about how to register.