Diploma in Nutrition for Sport and Exercise

Diploma in Nutrition for Sport and Exercise

Duration:
11 weeks part-time, one evening per week, 6.30-9.30pm
Start Date:
19th of February
Days:
Wednesday
Qualification:
IBAT
Reference Code:
CIBDNSE1P
Price:
€850

This course is starting in February 2020. Apply now!

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Testimonials

Why Nutrition for Sport and Exercise

A 2013 study by AT Kearney, found that, with 7 percent per year growth between 2009 and 2013, the sports market has grown faster than GDP in most countries in the world, especially in major markets including the United States, Brazil, the UK, and France. It projected that long term prospects were strong with the revenues for yearly events growing steadily, from $58 billion in 2009 to $75 billion 2013 and $80 billion in 2014. When you add in sporting goods, apparel, equipment, and health and fitness spending, the sports industry generates as much as $700 billion yearly, or 1 percent of global GDP.

Growth occurred across all types of sport, with European football (soccer) remaining the clear leader. Overall, the list of the top seven sports internationally remains unchanged: football, NFL, baseball, Formula 1, NBA, NHL and tennis, with media rights and sponsorships being among the main drivers for revenues.

The report concluded that revenue of sports events should continue to grow in the next cycle with projected revenue of $91 billion by 2017, an additional $15 billion value between 2013 and 2017. Key revenues will be mainly generated by a robust growth of football and the fast growing business of Rugby or Cricket. The study findings highlight that the sports business is an exciting business opportunity in the coming years.

According to the Federation of Irish Sport, an organisation which represents 72 National Sports Organisations and 28 Local Sports Partnerships in Ireland, in its Annual Review 2013: The Role of Sport in Ireland Today (2014) - developing on the above graphic - summarised the value of Irish sport in 2013 as follows:

  • Irish Sport contributed €2.4 billion of sport to the Irish economy
  • Overall, approximately 40,000 jobs (2.08% of the total workforce) were supported by Irish Sport.

Sports psychology is the study of how psychology influences sports, athletic performance, exercise, and physical activity. It uses psychological knowledge and skills to address optimal performance and well-being of athletes, developmental and social aspects of sports participation, and systemic issues associated with sports settings and organisations.
Some sports psychologists work with professional athletes and coaches to improve performance and increase motivation.

This course is targeted towards individuals who have an interest in the role that nutrition plays in the successful attainment of sports and exercise goals. With the increase in levels of obesity in the developed world, and concurrently with marketing strategies actively encouraging us all to have the “body beautiful”, there exists a paradox between the illusion and reality.

Why IBAT College?

Career Potential
Maximise your career potential as you remain working while obtaining a professionally relevant, career enhancing, qualification at the same time.

Excellent Lecturing Staff
Learn from friendly and highly qualified academic staff, with industry experience, in small class-sizes, and guest lecturers who are experts in their fields.

Student Experience
Being part of a culturally diverse student nationality mix at IBAT College Dublin, with learners from over 30 different countries, gives you the opportunity to learn culturally different working methods first-hand, and the fundamentals to succeed in a globally connected network once you graduate.

City Centre Location
With our campus located in Dublin city centre, in Temple Bar, you are close to all major transport hubs making it easy to attend classes in between work and home.

Programme Material
Printed course notes are supplied for the first lecture. All subsequent notes are then available to download/view/print through the student virtual learning (Moodle) platform.

Course Overview

This course is targeted towards individuals who have an interest in the role that nutrition plays in the successful attainment of sports and exercise goals. With the increase in levels of obesity in the developed world, and concurrently with marketing strategies actively encouraging us all to have the “body beautiful”, there exists a paradox between the illusion and reality.

You will be introduced to the area of food science and the theoretical frameworks behind same. The emerging of supplementation is examined as is the area of nutrition research. The concepts and effects of hydration, dehydration and associated thermal stress are examined in a practical manner. You are introduced to key concepts in performance and recovery enhancement.

Course Structure

The course content is in line with OFQUAL, ITEC and VTCT courses, with topics covered including:
  • Food for sport – what sportspeople eat, fuels for exercise, carbohydrates, protein, protein intake, fats, fluids, sports drinks, vitamins and minerals.
  • Carbohydrates: the structure and function of carbohydrates, carbohydrate types, carbohydrates as fuel in sport, current evidence for carbohydrates for training and competition.
  • Fat: The structure and function of fat, fat in body composition, dietary fats, fats vs. sugars, fat as fuel in sport, body composition and sports performance
  • Energy systems: energy for exercise, the ATP molecule, the body’s energy systems components and how they work together, muscle fibres, hydration. 
  • Protein: The structure, function and role of protein in our diet. The link between protein quality and quantity when considering sports performance. Current trends and research in the area of protein as a macronutrient.
  • Performance Enhancing Drugs: Examining the role of performance enhancing drugs in sport. Looking at doping methods in sport, doping prevalence and current evidence.  Analysis of current and past research surrounding the areas of doping prevention and ethical considerations.
  • Hydration and Electrolytes: Examining good practice in the areas of hydration for different sports. We look at sports of various durations and intensity and examine simple and effective means of ensuring we can adequately helps our athletes stay hydrated and reduce the risk of over hydration.  We look at various hydration methods to include electrolytes replacement in the body.
  • Nutrition for general health/body composition: We take an in depth look at what is considered to be a balanced and healthy diet. How can we lose weight in a healthy way. How can we lose fat rather than just weight which includes healthy muscle mass. We take a look at evidence based practice in nutrition.
  • Pre and Post event meals: Taking a look at optimal nutrition strategies before and after training and events. How do we adequately fuel our athletes performance and recovery needs. We look at meal templates, meal timing and meal composition.
  • Putting it all together: Using methods and a research based approach we will design an educational class aimed at either an elite athlete, person looking to lose/gain weight or a team/sports organisation.  We learn how to communicate good nutrition strategies in a simple and effective manner.
Assessment
  • One PowerPoint presentation of a relevant and up to date topic (50%)
  • Two multiple choice exams. The first exam is typically after the first four weeks of class (25%), and the second exam is in the final week (25%).
Note: Taking this course does not qualify you to take OFQUAL, ITEC and VTCT exams.

Career Opportunities

Careers in sport and exercise nutrition industries include:

  • Performance Nutritionists for professional and amateur sports clubs and individual athletes
  • Health promotion
  • Health, Wellbeing, Lifestyle Coaches
  • Weight Management Coaches
  • Sales in the fitness and nutrition industry and Brand Ambassadors

Lecturer Profile

James Caffey
James Caffey/ Lecturer Diploma in Nutrition for Sport and Exercise /
James has eight years lecturing experience chiefly in sport and exercise psychology. He holds an honours degree in Recreation, Sport & Exercise and has also completed a Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology. He is registered with BASES (the British Association of Sport Exercise Sciences) as a sport and exercise psychologist. As well as lecturing, James works one-to-one with individual athletes and teams in the sport and exercise psychology arena. He has over 12 years experience in sports coaching and the educational training area. James also also developed the Sport Psychology module for Quality & Qualifications Ireland, which is delivered by a number of third level institutions nationwide. James has a wide and diverse range of industry experience which includes working with awarding bodies such as NCEF, IFP, ITEC, BTEC , FETAC, HETAC, QQI, and ISTD.

Entry Requirements

No prior academic qualification or professional experience in sports, nutrition and exercise is required.

You should have an interest in sports and exercise nutrition industries and wish to expand your knowledge, and/or are perhaps considering embarking on a career in this area.

Entry Requirements

No prior academic qualification or professional experience in sports, nutrition and exercise is required.

You should have an interest in sports and exercise nutrition industries and wish to expand your knowledge, and/or are perhaps considering embarking on a career in this area.
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  • Calling us at:  +353 1 8075 055 
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We also have flexible payment plans, please contact us to discuss your options or visit the college anytime and our course specialists will be more than willing to discuss any queries you may have.

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Testimonials

I enjoyed every class, and I liked the style of the lecturing. The teacher managed to take me out of my comfort zone, which I didn't realise would be possible and that I would actually enjoy.

Having not attended college for a couple of years now, the course gave me the confidence to go on and have more learning experiences, so for that I am very grateful.

Mrs O'Reilly Nutrition for Sports & Exercise Graduate

I was able to apply all aspects of the course to everyday life and became aware of how the course content affects others in the workplace.  My favourite aspect of the course was the Lecturer’s style of teaching.

Kevin Clarke Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Graduate

John Sullivan giving a guest lecture

James Footballer guest Lecture

Professional Footballer John Sullivan giving a guest lecture on the impact of psychology, nutrition and sports management has in Professional Football.

 

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