The nutrition market for endurance athletes is a booming business. As part of advertising, manufacturers of supplements, bars, shakes, and drinks often present scientific claims regarding the efficacy of their product(s). In addition, the endurance athlete can be inundated with advice from fellow athletes, coaches, or sponsors regarding sports nutrition programs. In reality, the health care professional should be the primary authority on the best nutrition program for their athletes. Thus, the health care professional should understand how to critically evaluate medical literature and recommend evidence based, scientifically-sound advice regarding nutrition, hydration and supplementation before, during and after training.
The focus of this course is to help the health care professional gain a deeper understanding of the clinically relevant research found in the medical literature regarding hydration and nutrition for the endurance athlete. This course guides the professional through the process of first, critically appraising the evidence, and second, applying the evidence to patient care. A marathoner, ultra-marathoner or triathlete can perform at their best, prevent injury, dehydration and hyponatremia when utilizing a tried-and-true, scientifically-proven hydration and nutrition protocol.
This Seminar-on-Demand is 3 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
|Contact Hours: 3||
|Target Audience: ATC/LAT, CSCS-NSCA-CPT, Dietitian, Nutritionist, PT, PTA|
|Instructional Level: Advanced||BOC Level of Difficulty: Essential|
- Types of Evidence
- Research Rankings by Quality
- Research Rankings by Level
- Research Rankings by Grades
- Applying Research to Practice
- Dehydration Signs and Symptoms
- Estimating Sweat Loss
- Blood Glucose Levels During Exercise
- 3 Energy Systems in Muscles
- Carbohydrates and Glycemic Control
- Research Evidence on Fuel Requirements & Electrolyte Repletion During Exercise
- Essential Fatty Acids
- Daily Fat Requirements Based on Evidence Based Medicine
- Review of Amino Acids and Proteins
- Daily Protein Requirements Based on Evidence Based Medicine
- Calculating Resting Metabolic Formula and Energy Requirements Based on Evidence Based Medicine
- Vitamins, Minerals and Common Nutrition Concerns in Athletes
- Nutritional Assessment in Athletes
- Evidence Based Research on Improving VO2 Max
- Evidence Based Research on “Moderate” Carbohydrate Loading
- Evidence Based Guidelines for Pre-Training and Post-Training Nutrition
This course is intended to instruct the professional on proper nutrition for endurance athletes.
At the conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to:
- Identify the types, quality, level and grades of evidence-based research.
- Calculate loss of hydration via sweat and urine (output) and calculate hydration needs (input) in the endurance athlete to prevent dehydration and hyponatremia.
- List the signs, symptoms and physiological effects of dehydration.
- List the strategies to maintain appropriate blood glucose levels immediately before, during, and after exercise.
- Calculate the total fat requirements based on body weight (in pounds) during periods of moderate, heavy, and intense training.
- Calculate the total protein requirements based on body weight (in pounds) for strength training and endurance training in adults.
- Identify the “moderate” carbohydrate-loading regimen based on race tapering schedule and the total intake of carbohydrates (grams per pound) for each taper day.
Criteria for Completion:
A score of 70% or more is considered passing. Scores of less than 70% indicate a failure to understand the material and the test will need to be taken again until a passing score has been achieved.