Fueling for Exercise and Recovery - PT51

Fueling for Exercise and Recovery

How to Optimize Carbohydrate Intake

by Justin Robinson, MA, RD, CSSD, FAFS, CSCS
(4.2 / 6783 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
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Athletes continually seek strategies to improve performance, but not all methods are safe or effective. Adequate carbohydrate stores (muscle and liver glycogen and blood glucose) are critical for optimum athletic performance during intermittent high-intensity work and prolonged endurance exercise. Fueling with adequate carbohydrates before, during and after endurance events can enhance performance in endurance and ultra-endurance events. Recent research reveals that using multiple carbohydrate sources compared to a single source allows for a greater use of carbohydrate in events lasting more than three hours. Nutritional strategies that enhance carbohydrate availability before, during and after exercise can improve an athlete’s performance.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide registered dietitians, health educators, nurses, and physical therapists with guidelines to fuel athletes and active individuals before, during and after exercise. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify an appropriate carbohydrate intake regimen as well as the rationale for using it before, during and after exercise based on a variety of factors, including body weight and type, and duration and intensity of activity being performed
  • Describe the effectiveness of various forms and sources of carbohydrate, including usefulness of the glycemic index
  • Discuss the effectiveness of other substrates on exercise performance, such as low-carb, high-fat and high-protein regimens

Approval Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, health educators, nurses, and physical therapists.
Physical therapists: 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 ContinuingEducation.com or Nurse.com/CE. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at CEDirect.ContinuingEducation.com and search for this topic title.
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of Continuing Education for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/21.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 12S1570 for 08/02/12 to 08/02/13[; 13S1595 for 08/03/13 to 08/03/14; 14S1224 for 08/04/14 to 08/04/15; 15S1520 for 08/05/15 to 08/05/16; 16S1935 for 08/06/16 to 08/06/17; 17S6293 for 8/7/17 to 8/7/18; 18S7435 for 8/8/18 to 8/8/19).
The Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CP120019063 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, CP130019104 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CP140022318 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CE150023606 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27181 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-539570 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-539570 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 4448 for 07/01/12 to 06/30/13; 5135 for 07/01/13 to 06/30/14; 5675 for 07/01/14 to 06/30/15; 6224 for 07/01/15 to 06/30/16; 2016-184 for 07/01/16 to 06/30/17; 2017-228 for 07/01/2017 to 06/30/2017; 2017-228 for 7/1/17 to 6/30/18; 2018-271 for 7/1/18 to 6/30/19).
The Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE003281 for 08/27/12 to 12/31/12; PTCE004236 for 01/26/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE007030 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010128 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18).
The New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 695-2012, expiration date 01/31/14; 2014-1051 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-839 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18).
This course has been approved by the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 07/24/12 to 07/31/14; 08/01/14 to 07/31/16; 08/01/16 to 07/31/18.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-4437 for 08/01/12 to 08/01/13; 437-4948 for 08/01/13 to 08/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 3/29/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 3/24/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/31/2018


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James B - Encinitas, CA  ·  Nov 14, 2018
Excellent class! Very informative and interesting.
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RANDOLPH L - ST CLOUD, FL  ·  Nov 08, 2018
The quizzes reinforced the material.
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Timothy B - Wake Forest , NC  ·  Oct 31, 2018
Good information for exercising patients
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Jody M - Haddonfield, NJ  ·  Oct 29, 2018
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Tonya G - Wynne, AR  ·  Oct 29, 2018
It was very educational
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