Carbohydrate Requirements for Exercise - AT04

Carbohydrate Requirements for Exercise

by Jennifer Koslo, PhD, RDN, CSSD, ACE-CPT
(4.2 / 90 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Athletic Training (1.00 hours)

Price: $29.00
CE-PRO Price: $14.50


Carbohydrates are critical for optimal sports performance. Athletes and active individuals are exposed to both facts and myths surrounding the roles of carbohydrates for sports performance. Sports nutrition professionals need to have an in-depth understanding of carbohydrate functions when making appropriate recommendations to athletes engaging in different types of sports of varying durations and intensities. This course provides a detailed look at how carbohydrate is stored, made available and used during moderate to high-intensity exercise. Recommendations for carbohydrate intake before, during, and after exercise are discussed, along with guidelines for carbohydrate loading before endurance events and the foods that improve performance.


The goal of this carbohydrate and exercise continuing education course is to provide practitioners with evidence-based information on carbohydrate recommendations for athletes.
After completing this course, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the importance of carbohydrate as fuel during moderate and high-intensity exercise.
  2. Describe the recommended carbohydrate intake based on training intensity and duration.
  3. Discuss the limitations of using the glycemic index/load to provide guidelines for food intake around an exercise session.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including dietitians, health educators, fitness professionals, and massage therapists.
Athletic trainers: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers (provider #P1000). This program has been approved for a maximum of 1 hour of Category A continuing education. Difficulty level: essential
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Athletic Training (provider # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 6/15/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/10/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/10/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Susan C - Ossining, NY  ·  Feb 05, 2018
This course can really help you understand carbohydrate intake in athletes
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Ross P - Akron, OH  ·  Dec 30, 2017
Perfect course covering carbohydrates.
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Gloria W - Fountain Valley, CA  ·  Dec 26, 2017
Good information in this course to practice in my normal life
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Samantha B - Willow River, MN  ·  Dec 23, 2017
There was good information provided about carbohydrate intake prior, during and post exercise. I also appreciated that current research studies were included in the data provided.
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John G - Pine Bush, NY  ·  Dec 09, 2017
Good information, technical
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Price: $29.00
CE-PRO Price: $14.50