Nutrition, Exercise Metabolism and Sports Performance

University of Limerick

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Nutrition, Exercise Metabolism and Sports Performance

  • Host University

    University of Limerick

  • Location

    Limerick, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Exercise Biology, Nutrition and Food Science, Sport and Leisure Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Prerequisites: BC4002

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Fundamentals of nutrition and energy balance. Nutrient and energy value of food. An examination of 'healthy' energy balance through body composition. Critical review of BMI as a index of overweight, obesity and adiposity.

    Energy expenditure of sporting activities. Power and capacity of metabolic pathways. Metabolic substrate ('fuel') during exercise of varying intensity and duration. Carbohydrate metabolism. Critical role of muscle and liver glycogen. Dietary manipulation and glycogen supercompensation. Carbohydrate feeding during the event and replacement after the event. Fat metabolism. Metabolic regulation of fat oxidation. Effect of endurance training on fuel selection, fat and carbohydrate oxidation. Caffeine feeding and endurance performance.

    Healthy exercise: exercise metabolism in relation to obesity and insulin resistance. Protein metabolism. Muscle metabolism of amino acids during endurance exercise. Muscle protein synthesis (MPS). Exercise and amino acid regulation of MPS. Fluid balance during and in the recovery from prolonged exercise.

    Metabolic limitations to high intensity exercise. Phosophocreatine buffering of ATP turnover. Creatine supplementation in sport. Glycolytic flux and lactic acid production. Critical role of pH and muscle buffering. Oxidative stress during exercise. The role of free radicals. Antioxidant defence and the effects of training. Nutritional antioxidant supplements.

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