Fueling for Exercise and Recovery: How to Optimize Carbohydrate Intake - RD33

Fueling for Exercise and Recovery: How to Optimize Carbohydrate Intake

by Kelly R. Jones, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN
(4.4 / 1016 ratings )

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

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


Athletes continually seek strategies to improve performance, but not all methods marketed to this population are safe or effective. Adequate carbohydrate stores (muscle and liver glycogen) are critical for optimum athletic performance during aerobic activities, especially intermittent high-intensity work and prolonged endurance exercise. Fueling with adequate carbohydrates before, during, and after endurance exercise 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 3 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 on how athletes and active individuals should fuel before, during, and after exercise. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify appropriate daily carbohydrate intake guidelines for a variety of athletes.
  • Describe the rationale for ingestion of carbohydrates before, during, and after exercise based on a variety of factors, including body weight, exercise duration, and intensity of activity being performed.
  • Describe the effectiveness of intake of various forms and sources of carbohydrate and how intake of other substrates influences the body’s use of carbohydrate.
  • Identify current recommendations for protein intake during and after exercise to enhance carbohydrate usage and performance.

Approval Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, health educators, NDTR's, nurses, and physical 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 www.ContinuingEducation.com or Nurse.com. 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.
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 course is a Level 2 course. Learning Codes: 5370 and performance indicators 4.1.1. 
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
Dietitians/nutritionists may submit activity evaluations directly to CDR; QualityCPE@eatright.org or mail to: Commission on Dietetic Registration, Attn: Accredited Provider Unit, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 3/29/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/3/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/3/2022

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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MARY S - San Antonio, TX  ·  Feb 11, 2020
This was a great review -- took me awhile to complete b/c it is not my area of expertise but very worthwhile.
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ANN P. R - CINCINNATI, OH  ·  Dec 18, 2019
excellent course. Nice guidelines that I can use with my athletes
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Victoria J - Carlsbad, CA  ·  Mar 28, 2019
great review of pre and post workout recommendations
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It was a fun read and very useful in my line of work and in what I do in my life outside of work.
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McKenna P - Eugene, OR  ·  Feb 28, 2019
Multiple test questions were poorly written and contradicted what was written in the course or the answers available were not completely correct. Overall, the information provided in the course was comprehensive, but wish it would have had examples of pre- and post-workout meals to further apply the information.
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Price: $20.00
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