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, the learner will be able to:
- Explain the importance of carbohydrate as fuel during moderate and high-intensity exercise
- Describe the recommended carbohydrate intake based on training intensity and duration
- Discuss the limitations of using the glycemic index/load to provide guidelines for food intake around an exercise session
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including dietitians, health educators, fitness professionals, and massage therapists.
Fitness professionals: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is recognized by the American Council on Exercise as a Continuing Education Specialist (provider #250164). This course is approved for 0.1 ACE CEC.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certification Committee as an approved provider of continuing education (provider #A1074). This course is approved for 0.1 CEU of continuing education for the CSCS & NSCA-CPT.
The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that Nutrition Dimension meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from 2010 to 2013 (provider #681205). ACSM’s Professional Education Committee certifies that OnCourse Learning meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from 2013 to December 2019 (provider #730441). This course is approved for 1.0 ACSM CEC. ACSM approved providership of these programs does not imply endorsement of the sponsoring organization’s products/services.
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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.