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SCI 46 — Sports Nutrition

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 7 weeks
Date(s): Oct 16—Dec 4
Time: 6:30—9:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 18
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $575
Instructor(s): Clyde Wilson
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
Please Note: No class on November 20
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Live Online(About Formats)
6:30—9:00 pm (PT)
Oct 16—Dec 4
7 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 18
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Clyde Wilson
Please Note: No class on November 20
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
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 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 an examination and discussion of scientific findings relevant to the course topic, with homework focused on application.

Research Associate, Biochemistry, UC San Francisco

Clyde Wilson has taught movement and nutrition courses at Stanford for 20 years, including kinesiology in the Department of Human Biology, nutrition and exercise theory in the Department of Athletics, food pharmacology in both the Stanford and UCSF medical schools, and metabolism in Stanford Medicine's Health and Human Performance program. He received a PhD in chemistry from Stanford and researches metabolism at UCSF.

Textbooks for this course:

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