Many athletes and highly active individuals look to plant-based diets not only to improve health, but to optimize body composition, exercise and sport performance, and recovery from training. Examine the impact of plant-based diets on athletic performance and learn how to help athletes meet their unique nutritional requirements through a plant-exclusive diet. Review current research to better understand the role of specific macro and micronutrients in a plant-based performance diet. You will also explore 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 exercise and performance in athletes
- Explain how plant-based dietary and supplementary requirements may differ between athletes participating in endurance versus strength- and power-oriented sports
- Examine the roles and potential benefits of ergogenic aids to enhance athletic performance in those following a plant-based diet
- Plant-Based Nutrition and Sport Performance
- Nutritional Considerations for Athletes
- Fortified Foods and Sport Supplements
- Meal Planning for Athletes
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- 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.
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Each week you will engage in a discussion question that examines evidence-based research and apply what you are learning to diets. The course concludes with a project-based assignment that assists you in the implementation of a plant-based diet.
Through the learning activities and assessments in this course, you will work toward creating a detailed, nutritionally complete 'Two-Day Plant-Based Plan' designed for an athlete of your choice.
- 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.