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SCI 46 — Sports Nutrition and Recovery Methods

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On campus
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Sep 27—Nov 29
Time: 7:00—9:30 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 10
Unit(s): 2 Units
Tuition: $435
Limit: 65
Status: Open
Please Note: No class on October 18 and November 22
Fall
On campus
Tuesdays
7:00—9:30 pm
Date(s)
Sep 27—Nov 29
8 weeks
Drop By
Oct 10
2 Units
Fees
$435
Limit
65
Open
Please Note: No class on October 18 and November 22
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 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. Each class meeting will also include a discussion of sports recovery methods other than nutrition such as the impact of stress, sleep, and recovery techniques.

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.

This course may not be taken for a Letter Grade.

Clyde Wilson, Research Associate in Biochemistry, UCSF

Clyde Wilson has taught nutrition and human movement in Stanford’s Department of Athletics and food pharmacology in the Stanford and UCSF medical schools for more than ten years. He is a director at the Sports Medicine Institute, a nonprofit in Palo Alto. He received a PhD in chemistry from Stanford and researches muscle metabolic rate in the Department of Biochemistry at UCSF. Wilson’s principal interest is a theoretical understanding of the optimum quality of life.

Textbooks for this course:

No required textbooks
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