Sports Nutrition Online Course

Sports Nutrition Online Course
Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

This course is suitable for anyone with a passion for sports and those involved in coaching and performance.  Nutrition is now an essential part of any athletes conditioning.

  • Develop your understanding of the way nutrition relates to sporting performance.
  • Help sportsmen and athletes manage their diet
  • Improve your own performance in sport
  • Expand your career options to work in the fitness, health or sports industries.

Students receive a Careerline Certificate in Sports Nutrition upon completion of all assignments / optional exam.

Course Aims:

  • Discuss human nutrition as it relates to sport.
  • Explain energy and how energy is produced in the body.
  • Explain how energy is utilized in the human body.
  • Understand the characteristics of, and to be able to design an effective training diet.
  • Design a diet for an athlete.
  • Understand the principles of and be able to design an athletic diet for the days leading up to, during and after a competition.
  • Explain the importance of fluids in an athletic diet.
  • Define the body composition of an athlete, and to become aware of the methods of measuring body composition.
  • Examine effective methods for weight reduction and body fat control where they are deemed necessary.
  • Examine methods of increasing muscle mass and to assess the use of sports supplements.




“Yes i learnt lots and really enjoyed it. I learnt stuff that i have never thought about before, it keep me interested and made me want to learn more.” – Tamara Turner

Detailed Course Outline

Each course is made up of a number of lessons or units.  Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.

There are 9 lessons:

Introduction to Human and Sports Nutrition

  • Dietary nutrients
  • Recommended daily intake (nutrients, protein and energy, selected vitamins & minerals)
  • The Balanced Diet
  • The Food Pyramid
  • The basics for a healthy eating lifestyle
  • Carbohydrates, Proteins, and Fats
  • Food composition Tables


  • Understanding the chemical energy
  • Calories
  • Sources of energy in food
  • Caloric contents of selected foods
  • Energy systems of the human body
  • ATP as source of Energy
  • Aerobic vs Anaerobic Respiration
  • The caloric cost of everyday activities

Energy in an Athlete's Body

  • Aerobic vs Anaerobic Capacity (VO2 max)
  • Metabolism
  • Respiration Quotient
  • Energy Expenditure for Activities
  • What happens during Exercise?
  • Proteins as an Energy source
  • Fitness Testing and Assessment
  • Blood Pressure
  • Body Weight Percentage Fat
  • Physical Dimensions
  • Heart Rate
  • Lung Capacity
  • Cardiovascular Score
  • Aerobic Fitness
  • Field Evaluation of Cardiorespiratory Endurance
  • 12-minute Fitness Test

The Training Diet

  • Carbohydrates
  • Proteins
  • Do athletes require more protein?
  • Fats
  • Other nutrients
  • Meal timing
  • Suggested recipes for athletes

The Competition Diet

  • Carbohydrate loading
  • How much carbohydrate does an athlete need?
  • Pre-competition eating
  • Eating during competition
  • Competition, fatigue and nutrition
  • Competition recovery requirements
  • Training and fatigue and the training response
  • Fatigue
  • Recovery from exercise
  • Oxygen Debt
  • Lactic acid

The Fluids

  • Function of Water in the Body
  • How much Fluid is needed?
  • Water and Solute Regulation
  • Electrolytes
  • Water and Body Temperature Regulation
  • Intravenous Fluid Replacement
  • Examples of Fluid Loss during Exercise

The Athlete's Body

  • Body Composition
  • Body Composition Assessment Techniques
  • Importance of Body Composition to Performance

Weight Management

  • Mechanics of Weight Loss
  • Why Athletes want to Lose Weight?
  • Overweight People
  • Weight Change and Very Low Energy Diets
  • Tips for Losing Body Fat
  • Characteristics of a Safe Reduction Diet
  • Eating Disorders
  • Metric and English Unit Conversions

Training for Size and Use of Sports Supplements

  • Gaining Muscle Mass
  • Sport Supplements
  • Types of Sports Supplements
  • Drug Testing
  • Glossary

When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.

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    Course Tutor

    Jodie Walpole Bachelor of Applied Science (Food & Nutrition), Advanced Practitioner in Life Coaching

    Jodie is a qualified Nutritionist and Advanced Practitioner in Life Coaching.  Jodie brings to Careerline over 15 years corporate nutrition and health experience as a result of working for several large multinational food and beverage companies.  Jodie is passionate about all aspects of nutrition, health and wellness with particular interest in weight management and childhood obesity.   More recently Jodie completed her Advanced Practitioner of Life Coaching course and is a certified Life Coach with hours of practical experience.  As a Life Coach Jodie enjoys working with clients to close the gap between where they are currently in their lives and where they want to be.  Jodie is also an experienced tutor enjoying the challenge of working with students to reach their full potential.

    How It Works

    1. Learn Online

    Get access to your course content anywhere, anytime and study at your own pace.

    2. Get Help & Support

    Connect with other like-minded students and get help from the teacher whenever you have a question.

    3. Receive Certificate

    Graduate from your course knowing that you have what it takes to reach your next step.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I pay in installments?

    Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

    Can I study from anywhere in the world?

    We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

    Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

    Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


    Do I have to sit an Exam?

    No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

    Do you have set start dates?

    There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.