Liquid Nutrition for the Athlete - AT13

Liquid Nutrition for the Athlete

by Kelly R. Jones, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN
(4.4 / 132 ratings )

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

Price: $29.00
CE-PRO Price: $14.50


Do athletes truly require sports drinks? What about beverages such as chocolate milk? Do energy drinks safely provide energy? For athletes, whether recreational or competitive, the proper fuel is as vital as training to performance. The right combination of nutrients helps athletes excel at their sports. Proper nutrient intake staves off fatigue and may prevent poor performance that occurs even when athletes “feel good” prior to or during competition. Proper liquid nutrition supports appropriate fueling when time constraints are present and gastrointestinal disturbance is a risk. By understanding the ingredients and nutrient balance of various sports drinks, liquid recovery or meal replacement drinks, and energy drinks, registered dietitian nutritionists and other healthcare professionals can recommend appropriate products to their most physically active clients based on sport-specific fuel requirements to maximize both training and performance.


The goal of this continuing education program on liquid nutrition for the athlete is to educate registered dietitian nutritionists and other healthcare professionals working with recreational and competitive athletes about how sports drinks, liquid recovery drinks, energy drinks, and other beverages can meet an athlete’s fuel and convenience needs, as well as discuss these drinks’ potential pitfalls. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
  • List benefits of liquid recovery drinks and sports drinks.
  • Effectively communicate sports drink recommendations to clients.
  • Describe the difference between a sports drink and an energy drink, listing potential risks associated with consumption.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, athletic trainers, and fitness professionals.
Athletic professionals: 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.
Relias LLC (formerly 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: 12/1/2010
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/25/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/25/2022

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

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ASHLEE M - Newport News, VA  ·  Apr 06, 2020
It was thorough with the information and presentation. I enjoyed the scenarios.
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Michael B - Hamlin , PA  ·  Dec 28, 2019
Good information and the charts with products and nutrition levels were helpful
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Rebecca D - Peoria, IL  ·  Dec 10, 2019
This is a good base of information
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CORI LYNN A - Millilani, HI  ·  Nov 07, 2019
I have no comments for this topic
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Takisha E - San Antonio, TX  ·  Aug 09, 2019
I would have appreciated a powerpoint presentation or a video instead of a wall of text.
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Price: $29.00
CE-PRO Price: $14.50