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SCI 46 — Sports Nutrition

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Oct 2—Oct 30
Time: 6:30—9:30 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 15
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $415
Instructor(s): Clyde Wilson
Limit: 80
6:30—9:30 pm
Oct 2—Oct 30
5 weeks
Drop By
Oct 15
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Clyde Wilson
Properly coordinating your nutrition with exercise can dramatically improve your exercise benefits, including weight loss, health, and performance. In this course, we will examine how nutrition for performance addresses delaying fatigue, driving adaptation, and speeding recovery. Delaying fatigue requires hydration and fuel supply, and proper recovery demands a broad spectrum of nutrients. Adaptation (the body’s ability to improve through changes in gene expression) is also influenced by nutrition. For example, staying hydrated and keeping alcohol intake low can naturally increase testosterone and growth hormone production by 25 percent or more.

This course will review the science of sports nutrition and will guide you in applying this information to your own personal sports nutrition program. The important foundations of your program are separated into what you are consuming during and right after exercise (calories, fluids, electrolytes) and throughout the rest of your day (meals, snacks, hydration). By covering both theory and application, the course will be equally relevant to those interested in the science and those wanting to improve their exercise results.

No scientific background is required; however, this course is based on in-depth examination and discussion of scientific findings relevant to the course topic, with homework focused on application.

Clyde Wilson, Research Associate, Biochemistry, UC San Francisco

Clyde Wilson has taught nutrition and human movement courses for Stanford Athletics, and food pharmacology in the Stanford and UC San Francisco medical schools, for many years. Wilson currently teaches kinesiology within the Program in Human Biology at Stanford. His work with professional athletes focuses on measuring and recovering from overtraining symptoms. He received a PhD in chemistry from Stanford.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.