Nutrition in Sport


At the end of this Curricular Unit (CU) the students will be able to: a) know metabolic particularities of physical exercise, b) recognize specific nutritional needs in the context of nutrition in sport and c) develop appropriate dietary interventions for different goals in sports and according to nutritional status of the athlete.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Prof.ª Doutora Mónica Sousa


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• Burke L, Deakin V. Clinical Sports Nutrition. 5th edition. McGraw-Hill Education, 2015
• Burke L. Practical Sports Nutrition. Human Kinetics Publishers, 2007
• Jeukendrup A, Gleeson M. Sports Nutrition. 3rd edition. Human Kinetics Publishers, 2018

Teaching method

The course is organized in lectures and practical classes: 1 weekly lecture for all students with a duration of 50 min each; 1 practical class per week of 2 hrs, in classes with a maximum of 10 students.

Evaluation method

 The evaluation has a practical component and a final exam, both graded from 0 to 20. The assessment of the practical’s is continuous, corresponds to 40% of the final grade, and takes into account the following criteria: performance and attendance of students; solving exercises or performing work; attitude and knowledge demonstrated by the students. The final exam is 60% of the final grade and it covers all the theoretical and practical topics taught. The presence in the examination is conditional to attendance to at least 2/3 of the practical classes and a practical grade of at least 9.5.

Subject matter

1. Exercise physiology
1.1. General concepts of physiology.
1.2. Physical activity and physical exercise
2. Energy metabolism
3. Nutritional requirements in physical exercise. Particular needs and recommendations.
3.1. Proteins
3.2. Carbohydrates
3.3. Lipids
3.4. Micronutrients
3.5. Hydration
4. Body composition in sport and nutrition
4.1. Fat mass management
4.2. Muscular hypertrophy
5. Nutrigenetics. Interaction between nutrition, genes and exercise
6. Food supplements in sport
7. Exercise and health
8. Case studies


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