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    Explores the relationship between nutrition and sporting performance and health. Includes examination of topical sports nutrition issues and application of sports nutrition principles for the dietary management of athletes and active individuals.

    Why is this paper important?

    This paper gives you not only the theory you need for working with athletes and active individuals, but also the opportunity to put some of those skills into practice, as you apply them to different case studies. Sports nutrition is an ever-evolving science, and to be an effective practitioner you need to be confident in understanding what the latest research means to know whether it can make a difference to your athletes. In a field where the difference between top athletes comes down to small percentages the marginal gain that nutrition provides can have a significant impact.


    What you will learn on the paper -

    A key part of this paper is looking at how nutrition works in practice when you’re working with athletes and active individuals. This includes understanding research so that you can work out whether a particular nutrition strategy will be effective in any given situation. The paper will allow you to apply the knowledge you’ve learnt elsewhere in your degree so that you become more confident in working with people after you graduate.

    About this paper

    Paper title Applied Sports Nutrition
    Subject Human Nutrition
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    One of HUNT 221, HUNT 222, HUNT 223, HUNT 232, HUNT 241, HUNT 242, HUNT 243, HUNT 245; or one of PHSE 202, PHSE 203; or one of SPEX 201, SPEX 202, SPEX 203, SPEX 204, SPEX 205
    HUNT 355
    Schedule C

    Teaching staff

    Dr Ali Hill

    Paper Structure

    Classes will be interactive with practical components.

    Teaching Arrangements

    One 3-hour practical interactive class each week.


    Textbooks are not required for this paper.

    Key research papers will be used to complement lecture material. These will be available through Blackboard.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    After the paper, you will be able to:

    • Evaluate research so that you can identify the most suitable nutrition strategies for athletes and active individuals.
    • Advise on suitability for sports foods and supplements in different situations.
    • Design a meal plan for an athlete or active individual, including those travelling to compete.


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 29-35, 37, 40-41


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Monday 15:00-18:50 38-39
    A2 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 38-39
    A3 Friday 11:00-14:50 38-39
    A4 Thursday 14:00-17:50 38-39
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