GSSI University is a program designed to provide educational materials on the topics of sports nutrition and hydration for use by instructors in their collegiate courses.

Introduction to Sports Nutrition

The goal of this course is to develop an understanding of the appropriate nutrition practices in relation to exercise or sport training to promote health, energy and adaptations.


Compatible with online or in-person delivery


This 15-week course delivers options for 2 lectures and 1 laboratory activity per week

Suggested Textbooks

Sport Nutrition 3rd Ed. Jeukendrup & Gleeson, Human Kinetics
Sport Nutrition for Health and Performance 2nd Ed. Manore, Meyer & Thompson, Human Kinetics
Williams’ Nutrition for Health Fitness and Sport 12th Ed. Rawson, Branch, and Stephenson, McGraw Hill
Practical Sports Nutrition. Burke, Human Kinetics

Suggested Prerequisite

General nutrition course

Learning Objectives

After completion of this course, students will:

  1. Gain knowledge in general metabolic principles, primarily fuel sources for the working muscle during exercise
  2. Develop knowledge of the macronutrient principles of sports nutrition for different types of athletes based on their goals, specifically related to energy and recovery
  3. Be knowledgeable of hydration guidelines for safety and performance and know how to evaluate and monitor hydration status
  4. Be familiar with the micronutrient needs of athletes and which bioactive food components (antioxidants, polyphenols) are beneficial
  5. Be able to evaluate dietary supplements for effectiveness and safety
  6. Be familiar with the nutritional impact on the brain, bone, connective tissue and immune function as it applies to athletes.
  7. Understand the role of nutrition in recovery from injury
  8. Be knowledgeable of the techniques to safely and effectively monitor and alter weight and body composition
  9. Be able to assess an athlete’s current intake and develop a sport nutrition plan based on type of sport and goals
  10. Be able to translate sports nutrition research into practical applications for athletes, and be able to effectively communicate verbally, in written form, and using digital platforms
  11. Be knowledgeable about special topics in the field of sports nutrition and discuss controversial topic

Course Outline & Resources

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