Sport and Performance Dietetics


Course Objective

After completion of the course you will be able to:
• Outline the actual state of knowledge in sport & performance
dietetics, based on the literature included in the course and the topics
discussed during (guest) lectures.
• Apply the acquired knowledge to practical and research settings in the
field of sport and performance dietetics.
• Apply guidelines for dietary intake to different types of sport.
• Make a substantiated choice for a specific method for assessment of
dietary intake.
• Make a substantiated choice for a specific method to estimate or
assess energy expenditure.
• Make a substantiated choice for a specific method for assessment of
body composition.
• Prepare and present an innovative research proposal for the field of
sport & performance dietetics.

Course Content

In this course you will obtain in depth knowledge of selected relevant
topics in sport and performance dietetics. Course topics are:
• Nutritional guidelines, requirements
• Nutritional assessment: dietary intake, body composition, metabolic
state, performance.
• Interaction between nutrition and exercise.
• Sports nutrition.
• Nutritional supplements.
• Protein nutrition and metabolism.
• Special topics in sport and performance dietetics.

Application of this knowledge into practical and research settings is an
essential part of the course and will be stimulated through assignments
and practical work:
• Assess your own dietary intake (Assignment 1).
• Write an evidence based advice on a nutritional topic for athletes
(Assignment 2).
• Prepare and present a research proposal on a hot topic or niche in the
field of sport and performance dietetics. (Assignment 3)
• Body composition assessment (Lab session).

The course consists of 6 lectures, 4 class sessions, and 1 lab session.
Lectures must be prepared through study of the indicated literature.
Class sessions are used to discuss Assignments 2 and 3. During the lab
session, students will practise different methods of body composition
analysis at the Amsterdam Nutritional Assessment Center.

Teaching Methods

Lectures, class sessions, lab session, assignments.

Method of Assessment

The exam consists of 5 parts:
• Written preliminary exam (individual; 40% of final grade).
• Assignment 1 (assessment of nutritional intake; individual; 20% of
final grade).
• Assignment 2 (evidence based advice; in small group; 20% of final
• Assignment 3 (presentation of research proposal; in small group; 20%
of final grade).
• Lab session: body composition analysis.

The lab session has to be fulfilled before the final grade can be
assigned. Fulfillment will be assessed with “yes”/”no”.

Entry Requirements

Students should have basic knowledge of human physiology as is available
in textbooks such as W.D. McArdle, F.I. Katch, V.L. Katch: Exercise
Physiology: nutrition, energy, and human performance, 8th edition
(2014). Wolters Kluwer / Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.


• Course manual (available on Canvas).
• Recent articles in the field of sport and performance dietetics.
• Book chapters from: Burke, L & Deakin, V. Clinical Sports Nutrition,
5th edition (2015). McGraw-Hill Education.

Additional Information

More information on lectures, class sessions, lab session,
and assignments will be shared via Canvas.

This course will be taught by Robert Memelink Msc and guest lecturers.

Custom Course Registration

I.v.m. beschikbare practicumcapaciteit extern is er een maximum aan het aantal studenten dat kan deelnemen. Deelname wordt bepaald op op volgorde van inschrijving.

General Information

Course Code B_SPPDIET
Credits 3 EC
Period P4
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Fac. of Behavioural and Movement Science
Course Coordinator prof. dr. H.A.M. Daanen
Examiner prof. dr. H.A.M. Daanen
Teaching Staff drs. ir. R.G. Memelink MSc
dr. ir. P.J.M. Weijs

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture, Practical
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