Optimal Nutrition for Athletes - RD138

Optimal Nutrition for Athletes

by Ellen Coleman, MA, MPH, RD, CSSD and Lisa Dorfman, MS, RD, CSSD, LMHC, FAND
(4.5 / 29 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (1.00 CPEU)

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


Enhanced athletic performance is the culmination of training, genetics and healthy eating. Nutrition is especially important to recreational and competitive athletes. It is necessary for maintaining energy levels during training; achieving target performance, body composition and weight goals; and reducing the incidence of illness and injury. This course will provide a unique opportunity to learn professional and practical approaches to working with athletes of all skill levels, from recreational athletes to Olympian athletes, to help each achieve personal bests in health, sport and life.


The goal of this nutrition and athletics continuing education course about optimal nutrition for athletes is to educate registered dietitian nutritionists and other healthcare professionals working with recreational and competitive athletes about professional and practical nutrition strategies for assessing, guiding, and supporting recreational to professional athletes. After studying the information here, you will be able to:
  • Understand how nutrition periodization is a framework for establishing energy and macronutrient requirements for athletes
  • Summarize carbohydrate, protein, and fat needs for training and competition, and offer fuel and fluid strategies for implementation before, during, and after a workout
  • Consider specific issues that may challenge the athlete’s ability to attain, maintain, and sustain peak physical performance in sport, such as iron-deficiency anemia and eating disorders

Accreditation Information
The course is intended for nutrition professionals
OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 2110, 3040, 4060 and performance indicators of 8.1.2, 8.2.4. 
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: 3/1/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 10/1/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 10/1/2018

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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Ronique T - Tobago, IT  ·  Jul 31, 2018
Excellent course. Full of information that many professionals can benefit from
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Elise H - Coraopolis, PA  ·  May 31, 2018
This course was more challenging than others I have taken in the past and provided me with a lot of useful knowledge.
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Millicent M - Memphis, TN  ·  Jan 04, 2017
Nutrition in athletes is not my strong point. This did a good job of summing a lot of information into a short class
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Wendy B - Easton, PA  ·  May 13, 2016
good specific recommendations for nutrition care of the athlete
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Teri Jo J - Festus, MO  ·  Apr 06, 2016
Good review, hits basic and goes a bit deeper for a 1 hour course.
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Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00