SCI 46 — Sports Nutrition
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Oct 14—Nov 18
Time: 6:30—9:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 16
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Instructor(s): Clyde Wilson
Class Recording Available: Yes
Live Online(About Formats)
6:30—9:00 pm (PT)
Oct 14—Nov 18
No letter grade
Coordinating nutrition with exercise dramatically improves exercise benefits, such as weight loss, health (including immune strength), and fitness. 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 speeding recovery demands a broad spectrum of targeted nutrients. Adaptation (the body’s ability to improve through changes in gene expression) is also highly influenced by nutrition. For example, both protein and carbohydrate refueling soon after exercise are critical to stimulating our DNA to initiate muscle healing, and both unsaturated fats and antioxidants in recovery meals are critical to increasing fat burning and therefore endurance. 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 has taught movement and nutrition courses at Stanford for twenty years, including kinesiology in Stanford Human Biology, nutrition and exercise theory in Stanford’s Department of Athletics, and food pharmacology in both the Stanford and UCSF medical schools. He received a PhD in chemistry from Stanford and researches metabolism at UCSF.
Research Associate, Biochemistry, UC San Francisco
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.