This course will apply basic nutritional theories, principles, and concepts to participation in fitness and sports activities. The requirements necessary for participation and performance enhancement for all levels of athletic and exercise performance will be examined. Students will learn to apply the various sports nutrition concepts for recreational to elite level athletes. Course content includes energy systems, hydration, pre-and post-event nutrition, weight management and body composition issues of athletes, ergogenic aids.
Patrick L. Finley
Overall Course Objectives | Major Course Topics | Course Format | Orientation | Course Requirements | Texts and Materials |Exams | Course Web Site
Statement on General Education and Liberal Learning
A liberal education prepares students to lead ethical, productive and creative lives and to understand how the pursuit of lifelong learning and critical thinking fosters good citizenship. General education courses form the core of a liberal education within higher education curriculum and provide a coherent intellectual experience for all students by introducing the fundamental concepts and methods of inquiry in the areas of mathematics, the physical and natural sciences, the social sciences, the arts and the humanities, and composition. This course is part of the general education core experience at Howard Community College.
Overall Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:
- Describe human energy metabolism and fuel utilization at rest and during exercise.
- Identify the role of macro and micronutrients in exercise performance.
- Evaluate energy expenditure and energy intake in relation to physical performance.
- Identify guidelines for maintaining optimal hydration for sport and exercise
- Explain the appropriate use of sports drinks pre-, during and post-exercise.
- Suggest strategies for pre- and post-exercise, eating while traveling and eating on competition days.
- Explain the special nutritional needs of physically active children, adolescents and vegetarians.
- Evaluate various sources of nutritional information for validity and reliability.
- Compare and contrast effective, ineffective, and dangerous supplements and ergogenic aids.
- Compare and contrast the nutritional needs of athletes involved in various sports
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Major Course Topics
- Macro And Micronutrients In Human Nutrition.
- Energy Metabolism and Fuel Use during Exercise
- The Training Diet
- Nutritional Needs of Endurance and Power Athletes
- Hydration Requirements
- Nutrition for Competition
- Body Composition, Gaining and Losing Weight
- Body Image Disorders
- Nutritional Supplements/Ergogenic Aids
- Special Nutritional Needs (Children, Vegetarians, Pregnancy, the Older Athlete
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- Is self-paced.
- Does not require on-campus meetings.
- Does not require real-time chats.
- Is designed in 15 learning modules, each module corresponding to one or more chapters in the textbook and focusing on a specific area of Personal and Community Health. For each module the student will watch the associated video found on the course DVD set, read the associated one or more chapters in the textbook, review the module tutorial, complete the assignments, and take the quiz for each module. At the completion of the 15 topic modules, the student will take a cumulative final.
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This course has no required face-to-face orientation.
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- Review the “What you should know before you register” section of the Distance Learning home page.
- Reading Assignments: It is recommended that students complete the readings before other course component.
- Tutorials: 15 online tutorials, corresponding to the content in one or more chapters in the text book.
- Web Assignments: Students will be given assignments that relate to the materials presented in the learning modules and textbook chapters.
- Quizzes: Students will complete 3 quizzes, each covering 5 topic areas.
- Final: Students will complete a comprehensive final.
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Texts and Materials
Textbook information: To visit our bookstore's online sales site, please visit www.howardccbooks.com and follow the instructions for selecting textbooks.
Technical Requirements and Plug-Ins:
Review the Technical Requirements link above. The following plug-ins are required for this course:
- Acrobat Viewer
- Internet Explorer
- PowerPoint Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft PowerPoint
- Real Player
- Windows Media Player
- Word Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft Word
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Students will take 15 online quizzes and a cumulative final on-campus or proctored at an acceptable institution. All quizzes and the final will consist of multiple-choice and will be timed.
If you have any questions or comments about this class, please send a message to
Patrick L. Finley, firstname.lastname@example.org
Last updated on 4-Nov-08
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