Sports Nutrition SpecialistOnline format of materials including detailed video PowerPoint lectures, comprehensive digital manual, and non-proctored online exam.

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Add sports nutrition coaching to your fitness business and become a leader in the sports performance and sports nutrition fields!

  • Learn cutting-edge techniques for increasing sports performance, reducing recovery time, and enhancing the overall well-being of your clients and athletes.
  • Enhance  your professional credibility and lifetime earning potential.
  • You will be given specific tools, strategies and detailed information to help you improve the performance and nutritional habits for your clients and athletes ranging from weekend warriors to top level professionals.

sports nutritionist course

This 100% Online Accelerated Program puts you in charge.

The NESTA Sports Nutrition Specialist course is designed for personal fitness trainers, strength coaches, nutrition experts, group exercise instructors and martial arts instructors.

It’s been said that 80% of physical success comes from nutrition.

While no one can say for sure if that is the exact percentage dictating success, we do know and understand nutrition is often the missing piece to the puzzle.

For everyone from the weekend warrior to elite athletes, nutrition is crucial to optimizing physical and mental performance on and off the field. What does that mean for you? It means have an understanding of sound nutrition principles, from the latest guidelines and practical tips on nutrition timing and hydration to dietary supplements and specific fueling tactics. Your client’s workouts and results will improve tenfold when they understand what it takes to fuel their bodies properly.

There is no program available today that is more current, and that covers such a variety of topics. Proper nutrition is truly the foundation that separates good athletes from great athletes and helps your clients get the results they need.

The NESTA Sports Nutrition Specialist program provides students and practitioners the knowledge to be a trusted source of sports nutrition principles. The knowledge to differentiate between nutrition fact and nutrition myths. Nutrition can be confusing to your clients, with conflicting opinions and ideas about the fuels to choose, the 29,000+ dietary supplements available, and what and how much to drink. The NESTA Sports Nutrition Specialist Program cuts through all that hype and provides you with a scientifically sound program that is based on science with strategies that work in the lab and on the field.

Sports Nutrition Course

As a Sports Nutrition Specialist, you will strategically guide your clients to get the most out of every workout because they will be properly fueled and operating at a peak level. You will help them feel their best by developing an energizing, performance-enhancing nutrition plan, tailored to their body’s specific requirements. You will also learn how to enhance your client’s workouts and maximize their results with proper nutrition, safe and effective sports supplements, and beneficial vitamins and minerals.

Course Author: Christopher Mohr, PhD, RD, CSSD Dr. Mohr has Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Nutrition from The Pennsylvania State University and University of Massachusetts, respectively. He earned his PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Pittsburgh and is a Registered Dietitian and Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics.

Sports Nutrition Specialist Course Objectives

1 . Understand and apply the basic fundamentals of nutrition and sports nutrition.
2 . Identify and apply sound nutrition recommendations for macronutrient intakes among
various clients.
3 . Recognize and implement science based nutrition strategies to help athletes and
clients with their training and performance.
4 . Demonstrate an understanding of scope of practice and when to refer out to other
experts.
5 . Understand and recall information within the program to apply it to clients.

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You will learn the following:

  • Optimal nutritional sources and levels for athletes or all kinds
  • Essential nutritional aspects for optimal performance
  • Specific factors effecting nutritional needs of athletes
  • Effective and safe nutritional strategies for specific energy systems
  • Nutritional plans for specific sports, activities and athlete types

Lesson Plan:

The Sports Nutrition Specialist Program is designed to provide personal trainers, sports coaches, and other students a strong understanding of sound sports nutrition principles. The Sports Nutrition Specialist program is comprised of 2 separate educational components; a 139 page written manual, with the most up-to-date, science based nutrition information available, in addition to power point presentations and corresponding audio to complement and expand upon the information within the manual itself.

After successfully completing the entire course, you are required to successfully pass (75% or greater) a 100 question exam, comprised of multiple-choice and true/false questions. This will determine your understanding and knowledge of the material presented.

Sports Nutrition Specialist Course Outline

Introduction

What does successful completion of this course provide?

Chapter 1 Sports Nutrition Basics

Defining Sports Nutrition
Why The Athlete’s Diet Is Different
What Makes A “Healthy” Diet

Chapter 2: The Digestive System

Major Functions of GI Tract
Digestion 101
GI Hormones and the Effects on Digestion

Chapter 3: Energy Systems

Forms of Energy
Measuring Energy
What is a calorie?
What is a kilojoule (kJ)?
What is ATP?
Anaerobic: without oxygen
Aerobic: with oxygen
Anaerobic Pathways
ATP-PCr system (or phosphagen system)
Glycolysis (or lactic acid system)
Aerobic Pathway
Oxidative Phosphorylation
Energy Efficiency of Macronutrients

Chapter 4: Energy Needs

Determining Energy Needs
Intake and Expenditure
Energy Balance
Recommendations for Athletes
Estimated Energy Requirement (EER)
7 Tips for Meeting Calorie Needs

Chapter 5: Macronutrients

Carbohydrate Overview
Function of Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates in the Athlete’s Diet
Examples of Good Sources of Dietary Fiber
Essential Amino Acids
Nonessential Amino Acids
Functions of Protein
Protein in the Athlete’s Diet
Timing and Dosing
Recovery Snacks: Winning Combinations of Carbohydrates and Protein
Is Protein Needed During Exercise?
Are Protein or Amino Acid Supplements Necessary?
Saturated Fat (SFA)
Monounsaturated fat (MUFA) (mono, meaning one)
Polyunsaturated fat (PUFA) (meaning many)
Trans Fatty Acid Content of Common Foods
Fat Use During Exercise
Estimated Fat and Carbohydrate Utilization During Exercise
Types of Exertional Heat Illness
Water is crucial for life for a variety of reasons
Measuring Hydration Status
Assessing Fluid Losses Weight
The Time and Place for SportsDrinks
Tips to Ensure Proper Hydration

Chapter 6: Translating Research Into Results

How-To Tips for Healthy Eating
2000-Calorie Meal Plan
3000-Calorie Meal Plan
Eating for Performance
A Team Approach to Nutrition Education
Simple Strategies For Game Day

Chapter 7: Body Composition and Anthropometric Measurements

Body Mass Index
Percent Body Fat
Skinfold Thickness
Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis
Hip and Waist Circumference

Chapter 8: Methods for Effective Weight Loss and Gain

Calories and Weight
Weight Loss
Weight Focused Athletes
Tips for Safe and Effective Weight Loss
Weight Gain
Food Choice
Putting Power Foods into “Practice”

Chapter 9: Dietary Supplements, The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly

Fat Soluble Vitamins
Water Soluble Vitamins
Dietary Reference Intakes
Antioxidants
Creatine
Post-Workout Nutrition
When there is a need for supplementation?
Multivitamin
Vitamin D
Energy Drinks

Chapter 10: Food Fast vs. Fast Food: Surviving Pit Stops

On-The-Go Nutrition Trips
Easy foods to carry along include:
Rest Stops
Foods to Choose:
Foods to Lose:
Sit-Down Restaurants
Distance Travel: What to pack in your suitcase
Vending Machine Tips
Best of the Worst: Eating on the Road
Choose This, Instead of That
Fast Food Restaurant Tips

Chapter 11. Eating Disorders in Athletes

Disordered Eating Behavior
Clinical Eating Disorders
Anorexia Nervosa
Bulimia Nervosa
Additional Resources
Sports Nutrition Specialist Summary

Glossary

Sampling of Suggested Readings and References used for this Manual

Textbooks

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
Reliable Websites

When you become a Sports Nutrition Specialist, your career options expand instantly:

  • Offer Sports Nutrition Coaching to your existing clients who participate in sports
  • Add a revenue stream to your fitness boot camp business
  • Add online Sports Nutrition Coaching to your business
  • Write an ebook, make an audio lesson, create an online video series, or add Sports Nutrition as a topic for your lectures and presentations
  • You can also complete the NESTA Sports Nutrition Specialist program for your own athletic success
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Sports Nutrition Specialist program details

Continuing Education Units: NESTA 1.5 CEUs, ITCA 1.5 CEUs, MMACA 1.5 CEUs, ISSA 15 CEUs, NSCA 3 CEUs, NASM 1.0, Spencer Institute 1.5 CEUs

Recertification Requirements: None. Certificate does not expire

Prerequisites: None

Learning Format: Online format of materials including video PowerPoint lectures, comprehensive digital manual, and non-proctored online exam. Internet access is required. Content is provided in an online format which is accessed through an online secure website. Sports Nutritionist

Once your register, you will be directed to create your student account. You may begin your studies immediately after registering, or log in to your student account later to start your studies.

The materials will be released to you at one time. You can test when you are ready.

You may take up to one year to complete the program, and review the materials as often as you like. You will immediately know the results after you take your test. Most students finish within 1 – 2 weeks.

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Exam Requirements: Passing a 100 multiple choice, non-proctored online exam with 75% or higher. Two attempts at the exam are given. Results are known immediately.

Retest Fee: $95 retest fee applies if the passing requirement is not met at the end of the second exam attempt.

Completion Time: Complete within one year of purchase

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