Carbohydrate Requirements for Exercise - RD04

Carbohydrate Requirements for Exercise

by Jennifer Koslo, PhD, RDN, CSSD, ACE-CPT
(4.2 / 468 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (2.00 CPEU)

Price: $39.00
CE-PRO Price: $19.50


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:
  • 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.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including dietitians, health educators, fitness professionals, and massage therapists.
Dietitians: 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 a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This course is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 2000, 2070, 2110, 4000, 4060 and performance indicators of 8.1.1 , 8.1.3, 8.2.1, 8.2.4, 8.3.6, 8.3.7, 9.4.1, 9.4.5.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
This program has been approved for fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM). Granting prior approval does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.

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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Monique M - St Joseph, MI  ·  Jan 11, 2019
Enjoyed it. Valuable info in this "low-carb" focused time. However I don't understand why I missed the two practical items on the test (how much carb a 70 kg athlete needs AT LEAST)? I was using the numbers provided. What was I missing? I am not going to guess, I want to know what I'm doing. Thank you
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Diana M - Yucaipa , CA  ·  Nov 05, 2018
Very specific, insightful information.
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Dorothy B - Odessa, TX  ·  Nov 02, 2018
Great information and I will put it to use especially personally when dieting
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HOLLY R - Newark, OH  ·  Oct 24, 2018
I thought the information was presented in a way that was easy to understand and was helpful to understand the role of carbohydrates during exercise and training.
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SUSAN B - South Shore, KY  ·  Oct 11, 2018
some definitions for some of the words used in the Course would have been beneficial
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Price: $39.00
CE-PRO Price: $19.50