Optimal Nutrition for Athletes - RD138

Optimal Nutrition for Athletes

by Lisa Dorfman, MS, RD, CSSD, LMHC, FAND
(4.5 / 33 ratings )

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

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


Optimal athletic performance is the culmination of training, genetics, healthy eating, and adequate rest. Nutrition is especially important to recreational and competitive athletes regardless of age or sex. A balanced dietary intake is vital for maintaining energy levels and stamina during training; achieving target performance, body composition, and weight goals; adequately recovering from training and competition; and reducing the incidence of illness and injury. This course provides an opportunity to learn professional and practical approaches for working with athletes from novices to Olympians to help them achieve optimal performance in health, sports, and life.


The goal of this continuing education course is to educate registered dietitian nutritionists, Board Certified Specialists in Sports Dietetics, and other healthcare professionals working with recreational and competitive athletes with a scientific and practical sports nutrition foundation with nutrition strategies for assessing, guiding, and supporting recreational to professional athletes. After studying the information here, you will be able to:
  • Summarize carbohydrate, protein, and fat guidelines for training and competition
  • Identify fuel and fluid strategies for implementation before, during, and after a workout
  • Define specific opportunities and challenges that may hinder an athlete’s ability to attain, maintain, and sustain peak physical performance in sports, such as vegan/vegetarian diets, energy deficit disorder, injury or illness, iron deficiency anemia, and eating disorders

Accreditation Information
The course is intended for nutrition professionals
Relias LLC, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials. 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: 6/26/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 6/26/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Jennifer M - Darwin, MN  ·  May 27, 2019
concise and well written
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Jessica M - sunrise, FL  ·  May 02, 2019
great information. would like timing suggestion of protein intake after exercise and research findings on optimal protein intake composition for vegans
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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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Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00