Nutrition plays a key role in enhancing the performance and well-being of all athletes. Nutrients consumed by athletes can provide energy for muscle contraction, reduce fatigue and also supply the building blocks for adaptation to exercise training. More recent advances in our knowledge of sports nutrition have uncovered other roles such as the modulation of cell signalling processes that trigger adaptation to exercise as well as influencing repair and regeneration of tissue during injury rehabilitation. The aim of this module is to provide a general overview of how nutrition can improve athlete performance, recovery and adaptation so that you can plan nutritional management to optimise musculoskeletal health and performance in sports people.
The module is split into the following topics: