Nutrition for Young Athletes - RD105

Nutrition for Young Athletes

by Suzanne A. Nelson, RD, ScD
(4.3 / 167 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (10.00 CPEU)

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This new edition provides guidelines for boosting performance, limiting risk, and promoting healthy development in young exercisers and competitors. Topics include: the relationship of motor development to sports activities; assessing nutrient needs; energy production; fluid and electrolytes; weight control and dieting; and much more.


Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand how to assess growth and development in children and adolescents.
  2. Understand the relationship of maturation and training.
  3. Discuss how body composition relates to athletic performance.
  4. Describe five factors that increase the risk of dehydration in children, compare to adults.
  5. Provide fluid replacement guidelines for young athletes before, during, and after activity.
  6. Understand how to help prevent heat disorders in young athletes.
  7. Provide appropriate food choices for pre-event and post-event meals.
  8. Discuss the diagnostic criteria, physical symptoms, and medical complications of eating disorders.
  9. Discuss safety concerns and health risks associated with the use of performance enhancing supplements in children and adolescents.
  10. Discuss the limitations of body composition assessment in youth.
  11. Name five tips for coaches and parents to consider when working with an overweight child.
  12. Describe how guidelines for weight loss and weight gain in children and adolescents differ, depending upon age.
  13. Describe factors that impact protein requirements in youth.
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Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including dietitians, health educators, and fitness professionals.
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. Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 2110, 3020, 3030, 4030, 4060, 4150, 4160, 5200, 6040 and performace indicators: 8.1.1, 8.2.1, 8.2.4, 8.3.7
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: 3/16/2010
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/28/2012
Course Termination/Update Date: 5/31/2017

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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Cheryl C - Oakville, ON  ·  Oct 16, 2016
Good information but much of it outdated. doesn't exist anymore
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CHERYL F - somerset, KY  ·  Oct 10, 2016
Loved it! Thank you!
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Megan S - Homer City, PA  ·  Sep 14, 2016
It was helpful for my practice and personal life.
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susan s - Skokie, IL  ·  Aug 21, 2016
It extended my knowledge of the topic and enabled me to have the background needed to work with a group of student athletes.
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Susan D - Richardson, TX  ·  Aug 09, 2016
Excellent resource for practioners with young patients.
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