Online Course
Basics of Sports Nutrition
Empower athletes to improve their performance and recovery with nutrition

1.5-2 hours





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Proper nutrition plays an important role in the performance, recovery and overall well-being of athletes. As they aim for success and push their bodies to the limit, athletes have unique dietary needs that require careful attention and consideration. Sports clinicians are key players in supporting athletes’ health and performance and they need to be knowledgeable about nutrition. Understanding the interplay between macronutrients, micronutrients, hydration, and the timing of intake can greatly impact an athlete’s ability to achieve their goals. By staying up to date with the latest research and guidelines in sports nutrition, clinicians can provide tailored and evidence-based recommendations to athletes. This course, therefore, reviews the basics of sports nutrition.


This course aims to introduce basic nutritional concepts and principles for athletes.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


  • Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.
  • Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1.5-2 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
  • Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.
  • Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.6 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • identify at least five macronutrients and micronutrients and their respective functions
  • discuss macronutrient needs for athletes with a focus on carbohydrates, proteins and fats
  • describe the basics of hydration and key hydration goals for athletes before, during and after exercise


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
It has been an enjoyable course that gave you an excellent overview of the basics of sports nutrition, which I enjoyed.
Sophia Barton
Personal Trainer
United Kingdom