Many athletes and highly active individuals look to plant-based diets not only to improve health, but to optimize body composition and exercise/ sport performance, and recovery from training. This course examines the impact of plant-based diets on athletic performance and teaches students how to help athletes meet their unique nutritional requirements through a plant-exclusive diet. Students will examine current research to better understand the role of specific macro and micronutrients in a plant-based performance diet. The course will also examine the need for supplementation to optimize an athlete’s intense training, recovery outcomes, and sport performance, as well as the differing nutritional needs of endurance versus strength and power athletes.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Identify current practice and research-based evidence in sport nutrition;
- Describe the components of a nutritionally complete plant-based diet that can promote well-being and support performance capacity in athletes;
- Explain the nutritional needs of athletes participating in endurance vs strength and power-oriented sports and how those needs affect food and supplement choices in a plant-based diet; and
- Examine the roles and potential benefits of ergogenic aids to enhance athletic performance in those following a plant-based diet.
- This course is intended for adult learners who are at least 18 years of age.
- There are no prerequisites for this course. It is beneficial to have completed Introduction to Plant-Based Diets before taking this course.
- You may take this as an individual course or choose to complete the certificate.
- You can expect to spend 5-6 hours per week to complete the course material, activities, discussions, and assignments.
- If you are new to online learning, visit the Online learning at U of G page for helpful resources.
*It is recommended you complete Introduction to Plant-Based Diets before selecting other courses in the certificate.
You will be assessed through a project-based assignment.
- Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, College of Applied Human Sciences
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate : Electives
*Course details are subject to change.