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SPHS503 - Nutrition for Sports Performance

Course Details

Course Code: SPHS503 Course ID: 4233 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

Nutrition plays an integral part of our daily lives. It becomes even more important for athletes, who push the physical limits of their body. Providing adequate fuel is essential and can make a difference between success and failure. Yet most athletes and coaches lack basic nutrition knowledge important for enhancing strength, speed and endurance. This class will focus on the nutritional needs and requirement of athletes. First, the student will recognize and establish sound nutrition principles and the nutrients that play a role in determining these principles. Nutrients and other food constituents are integrated into the human body. These affect the athlete's metabolism, health, and performance. The student will trace the metabolic fate of dietary components and recognize how each nutrient and/or food constituent affects metabolism, health and performance. Using this knowledge, the student will design several healthy diets that optimize performance. (Prerequisite: SPHS502)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Apply the macro and micronutrients to the physiological process of exercise.
  2. Integrate digestion, absorption, transport and metabolism of food-bound nutrients into physiological pathways associated with exercise.
  3. Justify the dietary macro and micro nutrient strategies essential for maximizing anaerobic and aerobic exercise performance.
  4. Design a nutrition intervention strategy to be used before, during, and after a bout of either aerobic or anaerobic training.
  5. Recommend fluid intake required for various levels and types of physical activity.
  6. Identify and summarize two safe and effective supplemental nutritional ergogenic aids that may enhance the physical performance of a given individual.
  7. Discriminate among the special nutritional needs of elite athletes based on their particular sports.
  8. Plan diets for achievement of optimum weight and peak performance.
  9. Summarize the special nutritional needs of female athletes, anemia, and vegetarians.
  10. Compare and contrast the special nutritional needs of active youth, women, master’s athletes, disabled athletes, injured athletes and diabetic athletes.
  11. Clarify the scope of practice of an exercise professional as it relates to nutrition, and the importance of collaborating with licensed nutrition professionals (RDNs).

The nature of an on-line course requires a significant amount of independent work. You will be provided with structure, resources, guidance, and instructor experience for learning the course material. You are responsible for managing your time to complete the assignments on time, to complete the readings, and to make inquiries as needed to complete the course effectively. This is an 8-week course, which means the material must be learned in a short period of time. This requires dedication and diligence your part.

To help you in your scholarly efforts the University also maintains, and is constantly upgrading, the Online Research Center (ORC). This resource is available for both faculty and students and represents a state of the art and very comprehensive knowledge base. Please make sure you take advantage of this valuable tool it is a great place to start any research effort and is available from within the electronic campus.

It is important that you check email, classroom messages, and posted Professor’s notes for each week’s work. Additional readings, internet-work and assignments will be posted on-line at the beginning of each week of the course. Assignment due dates will be posted with assignment directions. All assignments will have due dates of one week. You are expected to complete all work on time. As adults, students, and working professionals I understand you must manage competing demands on your time. Should you need additional time to complete an assignment, please contact me before the due date so we can discuss the situation and determine an acceptable resolution. Routine submission of late assignments is unacceptable and may result in points deducted from your final course grade.

For the purposes of this course, a “week” is defined as the time period from Monday to Sunday. The first week begins on a Monday. Note: The last day of this course will end on a Saturday. The start and stop time are for Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Grading will be based on 3 written weekly assignments, 15 forum topic responses, a 5-10-page project, 6 open book quizzes, and an open book final quiz.

Here is how I will evaluate each graded activity:

Reading Assignments: You do not have to turn these in. I trust you to complete the reading assignments. If you do not, this will become apparent in your forum discussions, assignments, and quizzes.

Supplemental Readings: Each week, there will be supplemental reading to augment the textbook and our weekly forum discussions. You will find the supplemental readings listed in the outline below, posted in the weekly announcement, listed in the lesson plan, under “Required Reading” for that week. Again, you do not have to turn these in. I trust you to complete these reading assignments. If you do not, this will become apparent in your forum discussions, assignments, and tests.

Forum Assignments: There are 15 forum topics that require a response. Forums are designed to initiate dialog among the students. Feel free to debate, praise, and share thoughts about the topic with fellow classmates. In order to respond to a forum topic, post your response in the forum section of the classroom. Your initial response must be >500 words. You are also required to respond to the posts of at least two classmates for each forum. These responses must be >250 words in length. You will earn 100 points for each forum topic. These account for 30% of your grade.

Homework Assignments:

You have a total of 3 written assignments that must be completed and uploaded. A minimum of 300 words per assignment is the baseline, unless otherwise directed. Each assignment is worth 100 points. All three assignments account for 25% of the total grade.


There are 6 quizzes you will complete in this class. They are multiple choice and true/false. These account for 20% of your grade.

There is one final quiz. It consists of multiple choice and true/false questions. The final quiz is comprehensive and consists of questions dealing with various issues discussed during the course. The final quiz is worth 12.5% of your final grade.

Field Experience Assignments: None

Final Project:

There is one larger assignment to complete. It is titled, Assignment 4, “Putting Your Knowledge to Action.” Have fun with this. See the assignment for more details. This assignment is worth 12.5% of your final grade.

NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Forum 1a 2.31 %
Forum 1b 2.31 %
Forum 2a 2.31 %
Forum 2b 2.31 %
Forum 3a 2.31 %
Forum 3b 2.31 %
Forum 4a 2.31 %
Forum 4b 2.31 %
Forums 5a 2.31 %
Forum 5b 2.31 %
Forums 6a 2.31 %
Forum 7a 2.31 %
Forum 8 2.31 %
Assignments 30.00 %
Assignment 1 10.00 %
Assignment 2 10.00 %
Assignment 3 10.00 %
Final Project 20.00 %
Final Project 20.00 %
Quizzes 20.00 %
Quiz 1 2.86 %
Quiz 2 2.86 %
Quiz 3 2.86 %
Quiz 4 2.86 %
Quiz 5 2.86 %
Quiz 6 2.86 %
Quiz 7 2.86 %
Extra Credit 1.00 %
Extra Credit Assignment 1.00 %

Required Course Textbook and Resources:

There is no required textbook for this class. Instead, you will find the required reading in the classroom. Also, you will be using ( to analyze several athlete’s dietary intake. This program is free of charge and can be found at this website:

Required Readings:

You can find each week’s required reading or links in the lesson section of the classroom. You can also find the readings (without links) in: 1) the Course Outline below, and 2) weekly announcement posted in the classroom early each Monday morning. I urge you to look at each of these.

Additional Resources

Additional resources are available in the classroom under the tab titled, “Resources”.


In addition to the required course texts the following public domain Websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address

The OWL at Purdue

APA Style Homepage

APUS Library

Enter the APUS library by clicking on the library link in the classroom

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.