NSCA’s Guide to Sport and Exercise Nutrition CE Course offers
research from respected scientists and practitioners to help
professionals improve client and athlete performance by applying sound
Course components are delivered as printed products:
NSCA’s Guide to Sport and Exercise Nutrition text
Continuing education exam
At the completion of this course, you will be able to do the following:
Understand terms and concepts associated with sport and exercise nutrition.
Identify nutritional requirements during various modes of exercise.
Understand the role of supplements and ergogenic aids.
Identify when food, fluids, and supplements should be consumed to optimize performance and indicate ideal quantities to consume.
Determine optimal times for ingestion of specific nutrients.
Recognize the signs and symptoms of disorders or diseases that may affect performance.
Develop and implement an athlete’s nutrition plan.
NSCA’s Guide to Sport and Exercise Nutrition Print CE Course equips professionals with the key concepts of sport and exercise nutrition so they can assess a client’s nutrition status and—if it falls within their scope of practice—develop customized nutrition plans.
Developed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and subjected to an intensive peer-review process, NSCA’s Guide to Sport and Exercise Nutrition Print CE Course offers research from respected scientists and practitioners with expertise in nutrition, exercise, and sport performance. This authoritative course covers all aspects of food selection, digestion, metabolism, and hydration relevant to sport and exercise performance.
Professionals will learn safe and effective ways to improve training and performance through natural nutrition-based ergogenic aids like supplementation and macronutrient intake manipulation. Course content includes science-backed guidelines for proper fluid intake to enhance performance and the most important criteria for effectively evaluating the quality of sport drinks. The up-to-date findings on nutrient timing based on the type, intensity, and duration of activity will help professionals recommend the correct nutrients at the ideal time to achieve optimal performance results.
The book portion of the course presents research relating to sport and exercise nutrition, including a professional application section in each chapter that links the literature to its practical implementation. Sidebars emphasize important topics, and reproducible forms for a food log, a brief athlete nutrition assessment, and a goal-setting questionnaire can be copied and shared with clients. A running glossary keeps key terms readily available, and extensive references within the text offer starting points for continued study.
The companion study guide includes a course syllabus, course instructions, learning objectives, and a referenced answer key to help individuals focus on course content. It emphasizes key concepts of the corresponding text to prepare individuals for the exam composed of multiple-choice questions at the completion of the course. Upon passing the 100-question exam, individuals may print out and submit a certificate for continuing education credit.
With NSCA’s Guide to Sport and Exercise Nutrition Print CE Course, professionals will learn how food and sport supplements, as well as their interactions with a client’s biological systems, can enhance exercise and sport performance for optimal training, recovery, and competition.
Learning With the NSCA’s Guide to Sport and Exercise Nutrition Book
Chapter 1: Foods and Fluids for Training and Sport Performance
Chapter 2: Carbohydrate
Chapter 3: Protein
Chapter 4: Fat
Chapter 5: Fluids
Chapter 6: Vitamins and Minerals
Chapter 7: Strength and Power Supplements
Chapter 8: Aerobic Endurance Supplements
Chapter 9: Nutrient Timing
Chapter 10: Energy Expenditure and Body Composition
Chapter 11: Nutritional Needs Analysis
Chapter 12: Consultation and Development of Athlete Plans
Learning Activities Answer Key
Exam and Evaluation
Exam Answer Sheet
A course for any fitness or nutrition professional, including strength
and conditioning professionals, personal trainers, athletic trainers,
and sport dietitians interested in the topic.
About the NSCA
The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
is the world’s leading organization in the field of sport conditioning.
Drawing on the resources and expertise of the most recognized
professionals in strength training and conditioning, sport science,
performance research, education, and sports medicine, the NSCA is the
world’s trusted source of knowledge and training guidelines for coaches,
athletes, and tactical operators. The NSCA provides the crucial link
between the lab and the field.
About the Editors
Bill I. Campbell, PhD, CSCS, FISSN, is an assistant professor at
the University of South Florida and the director of the Exercise and
Performance Nutrition Laboratory, a research laboratory dedicated to
innovation in sport nutrition research. As a researcher and author,
Campbell has published more than 100 scientific abstracts and papers
related to sport nutrition and enhancement of sport performance. In
addition, Campbell has published more than 50 articles for health and
fitness magazines (print and electronic media). He is a paid consultant
to professional sport team organizations and sport entertainment
corporations and has lectured on various topics related to sport
nutrition and exercise performance to audiences spanning five nations
and four continents. He was the lead author on the International Society
of Sports Nutrition’s Position Stand: Protein and Exercise,
which addresses some of the common questions and myths regarding protein
intake and supplementation for athletes and physically active people.
Campbell is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning
Association (NSCA), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and
the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN). Campbell is also a
fellow of ISSN and serves on the organization’s advisory board.
He received his PhD in exercise, nutrition, and preventive health from
Baylor University in 2007. During that same year, he also received the
Outstanding Doctoral Student Award for research and teaching. In 2009,
Campbell received the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award from the
University of South Florida.
Marie A. Spano, MS, RD/LD, FISSN, CSCS, CSSD, is one of the
country’s leading sport nutritionists. She combines science with
practical experience to help Olympic, professional, and recreational
athletes implement customized nutrition plans to maximize athletic
performance. Also a nutrition communications expert, Spano consults with
leading food, beverage, and supplement companies regarding public
relations and communications strategies.
Spano enjoys the challenge of communicating scientific information in an
approachable, understandable format to a variety of audiences. She has
appeared on NBC, ABC, Fox, and CBS affiliates. She has also authored
hundreds of magazine articles, trade publication articles, book
chapters, e-zines, and marketing materials.
A three-sport collegiate athlete, Spano earned her master’s degree in
nutrition from the University of Georgia and her bachelor’s degree in
exercise and sport science from the University of North Carolina at
Greensboro (UNCG), where she also ran Division I cross country. Her
experience as a college athlete gives her perspective on working with
athletes of all levels, especially student-athletes. She has a firsthand
understanding of how the demands of athletics, psychological aspects of
injury, and sleep, recovery, and sound nutrition can affect an athlete’s
overall well-being and performance.
Spano is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association
(NSCA), the American Dietetic Association (ADA), the International
Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), and Sports, Cardiovascular, and
Wellness Nutrition (SCAN). She currently serves as vice president for
the ISSN and is a member of the NSCA’s Nutrition Special Interest Group.