Western Oregon University

HE 426/526 Sports & Exercise Nutrition
4 Credit Hours)

The mission of the Division of Health & Physical Education is to maximize individual and professional development in health and movement science and promote healthy lifestyles and communities.

Tom Kelly, NPE 212, 838-8256
kellyt@wou.edu, Office Hrs. TBA (
see my faculty web page http://www.wou.edu/%7Ekellyt/)

Course description: The examination of nutrition as it relates to the demands of exercise and competitive sport. Special emphasis on the differing needs of population groups and the relationship of diet and exercise to optimal health.

Objectives: The student will: a) acquire an understanding of the relationship between the nutritional requirements of activity and overall fitness; b) understand the most current dietary recommendations related to activity levels, gender, age, and weight; c) know how to evaluate dietary supplements and ergogenic aids; d) identify the importance of proper nutritional balance related to macronutrients, micronutrients, and fluid intake; e) be able to optimize performance through proper nutrition; and f) understand some of the current controversies in the area of diet and peak performance.

Study Instructions: Read assignments ahead of discussion. Extensive notes should be taken. Power Point Presentations are available prior to each lecture in the 'HE 426/526' class folder on the "K drive" after logging-on, on campus, using your campus user name and password.

Evaluation:  A mid-term and final examination over the lecture and text will comprise 65% of the grade. The final exam will be given at the approved University time and date only; no early or late exams will be given. In addition a project and paper related to evaluating a dietary supplement will be worth 25%. The topic must be cleared by the instructor. (Students registering for HE 526 will be expected to research an additional supplement or micronutrient and do an in-class power point presentation of the research. This topic will also be mutually agreed upon by the graduate student and instructor. The power point presentation should be accompanied by an outline, including sources, to be handed out to class members at the time of the presentation.) Classroom participation is worth 10% of your grade in this course. To receive full participation credit you must attend class having prepared by becoming familiar with the materials relevant to the days topic. Your questions and comments should reflect that preparation. All work handed in late will be discounted at the rate of 10% each day.

This class will follow standard University procedures for grading, issuing of incompletes, and academic integrity. Academic dishonesty is defined as the intentional act of deception in one of the following areas: cheating, fabrication, assisting, tampering, and plagiarism.

Grading Scale

100-93% = A
92-90% = A-
89-88% = B+
87-83% = B
82-80% = B-
79-78% = C+
77-73% = C
72-70% = C-
69-68% = D+
67-63% = D
62-60 = D-
59-0% = F

Required Text:
Williams MH,Nutrition for Health, Fitness & Sport. 8th ed. McGraw-Hill. http://www.mhhe.com/hper/nutrition/williams/ Other readings will be required from online or library sources.

Tentative Schedule:

Week 1

Introduction & General Nutrition for Health;

Ch 1, 2

Week 2

Bioenergetics & Intro Carbohydrates if time

Ch 3; ACSM Pos Std on Q&Q of Ex

Week 3

Carbohydrates in Exercise; Fluids in Exercise

Ch 4, 9; ACSM on Fluids

Week 4

Finish Fluids; Fats in Exercise; Weight loss

Ch 5, 10, 11; P Hlth Rpt, Sc in Pub Int readings

Week 5

Midterm; Proteins in Exercise; Weight gain

Ch 6, 12

Week 6

Begin Vitamins & Minerals in Blood & Energy Metabolism

Ch 7

Week 7

Vitamins & Minerals: Antioxidant Roles During Exercise

Ch 8; Supplementary readings

Week 8

Nutrients & Exercise for Bone Health

Supplementary readings

Week 9

Supplements and Ergogenic aids

Ch 13, FDA proposal,

Week 10

Finish up topics; Presentations


Week 11

Final (no special final times will be given)


Project Organization:The purpose is to research and present current issues related to exercise nutrition. You will be asked to look at a specific nutrient, supplement, or performance related diet. Present the advocate’s view and research the soundness of the claims. Each of the following should be addressed:

Use at least 6 peer reviewed journal references in addition to magazine or advertisements for the diet, supplement or product. The paper should be 8-10 pages (not including tables, figures, title page, or references) typed, double spaced, 12 point times new roman font, title page (no binders – just stapled pages). Use APA format for your paper (you might check out <
http://www.wooster.edu/psychology/apa-crib.html> for an overview of the format. If you desire to use another medical related reference style, check with me first. The project will be due the first class of the week prior to dead week.


 ACSM Position Stands

 American Dietetic Association

 US Department of Agriculture Dietary Info

 Nutrition Action (Center for Science in the Public Interest)

New DRIs Info from National Acadamy Press

DRI Info from National Acadamy of Science

Supplement Watch

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