C: Investigate legislation, guidance and procedures associated with anti-doping

Unit 4: Nutrition for Physical Performance

  • Level: 3
  • Unit type: Internal
  • Guided learning hours: 60

Unit in brief

Learners will explore the importance of nutrition and hydration within a sport context.

Unit introduction

The importance of good nutrition and hydration to aid performance in sports and physical activity has become a significant area of interest in recent years. The significance of a healthy balanced diet and its links to good health and improved sports performance is now a key aspect of the sports person’s lifestyle, whether they are an elite athlete, semi-professional competitor or amateur participant. It is also an important consideration for coaches, outdoor activity instructors, personal trainers and strength and conditioning personnel. The demands of rigorous training and competition schedules can have negative effects on the health of every sports participant, but the individual’s diet can have a considerable effect on performance. Involving the sports performer in the planning of their diet can result in improved health benefits, as well as promoting adequate refuelling and hydration, leading to improved sporting performance.

In this unit, you will look at the concepts of nutrition and digestion, exploring the physiology of the digestive system and how food is broken down and subsequently utilised by the body. You will then be introduced to the components of a balanced diet and common terms linked to nutritional requirements. You will also explore energy intake and expenditure and how this can be measured  in different ways for individual sports performers. You will also consider the availability, costs and accuracy of these measures and how relevant they are to the participant. You will look at hydration and diet for different sporting activities and investigate the sporting demands of performers and how nutritional requirements will vary for each individual. The inclusion of sports drinks, gels and traditional methods of hydration will be considered, alongside the activity levels and fitness levels  of the individual and the legislation relating to doping for increased performance. Finally, you will  be able to apply knowledge and understanding by producing a realistic diet and hydration plan.

This unit will help you to progress to employment in coaching, fitness instruction, sports nutrition or elite sport. The unit will also help you to progress to further study in higher education or professional qualifications in sports nutrition and related subjects.

Learning aims

In this unit you will:

A Examine concepts of nutrition, hydration, diet and digestion

B Explore energy intake and expenditure for sports and physical activity

C Investigate legislation, guidance and procedures associated with anti-doping

D Produce a diet and hydration plan to support a selected sport or physical activity.

Summary of unit

Learning aim                            Key content areas                  Recommended assessment approach

A Examine concepts of nutrition, hydration, diet and digestion

A1 Nutrition A2 Hydration A3 Diet

A4 Digestion

A detailed case study examining the energy, nutrition, hydration, diet, digestion and anti-doping for athletes and their importance in relation to sports performance.

B Explore energy intake and expenditure for sports and physical activity

B1 Energy

B2 Energy balance

C Investigate legislation, guidance and procedures associated with anti-doping

C1 Performance enhancing substances and drugs

C2 Anti-doping legislation and guidance

C3 Testing process and Whereabouts

D Produce a diet and hydration plan to support a selected sport or physical activity

D1 Activities

D2 Planning diets

A justified two-week diet and hydration plan for a selected performer undertaking a specific sport

Assessment criteria

Pass                                            Merit                                           Distinction

Learning aim A: Examine concepts of nutrition, hydration, diet and digestion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB.D1Analyse nutritional, energy and hydration needs for a particular performer.

A.P1 Describe concepts of balanced diet and sources of nutrition from recommended guidelines.

A.P2 Describe hydration and its effects on sports performance.

A.P3 Describe the structure and function of the digestive system in terms of digestion, absorption and excretion.

A.M1 Explain the relationship between nutrition, hydration and diet and the impact on sports performance.

Learning aim B: Explore energy intake and expenditure for sports and physical activity

B.P4 Describe energy intake, expenditure and balance in sports performance.

B.M2 Explain energy intake, expenditure and balance in sports performance.

Learning aim C: Investigate legislation, guidance and procedures associated with anti-doping

 

 

C.D2  Analyse the methods of anti-doping and discuss the effectiveness of these methods.

C.P5 Outline legislation, guidance and procedures associated with anti-doping.

C.M3 Explain strategies that an athlete can undertake to ensure that they are fully aware and prepared for anti-doping screening.

Learning aim D: Produce a diet and hydration plan to support a selected sport or physical activity

 

 

 

 

D.D3  Justify the two-week diet and hydration plan

for a selected sports performer for a selected sports activity.

D.P6 Perform a nutritional assessment for a selected sports performer.

D.P7 Plan an appropriate two- week diet and hydration plan for a selected sports performer for a selected sports activity.

D.M4 Plan an effective and detailed two-week diet and hydration plan for a selected sports performer for a selected sports activity based on initial nutritional assessment findings.


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