What is Sport and Exercise Nutrition?

Sport and Exercise Nutrition applies knowledge of the science of nutrition in order to promote exercise and sport performance. It is the science of the effects of diet and dietary components on the performance of the individual, and of how exercise affects the metabolism of nutrients in the body and the body’s requirements for nutrients.

Sport and Exercise Nutrition requires an understanding of the physiological and biochemical responses to physical activity and exercise, and of the special circumstances that occur during training and competition in sports.

Why is Sport and Exercise Nutrition so important?

Diet and nutrition significantly affect sport and exercise performance. What an individual drinks and eats before, during, and after exercise affects health, body mass and body composition, as well as performance in, and, recovery from, the effects of exercise. An optimum diet can help to maximise sport performance.

There is a growing need for sound advice on Sport and Exercise Nutrition, across a wide-spectrum from amateur to elite professional levels within sport and for those undertaking physical activity for health. Sound knowledge of sport and exercise nutrition is also important for the families of athletes and physically active individuals, for coaches, and for others working within the sport and fitness industries such as instructors, teachers, managers, and administrators of events and clubs.

What is the SENr?

The Register in Sport and Exercise Nutrition (SENr) is a voluntary register designed to accredit suitably qualified and experienced dietitians and nutritionists who have the competency to work autonomously with performance oriented athletes, as well as those participating in physical activity, sport and exercise for health.

How do I apply?

The application process, along with all associated forms, is outlined in detail in the Join the Register section of this website. Briefly the process for entering the register is:

Stage 1

Applicants first complete a Self Assessment of Competency, enabling each individual to assess whether s/he has the appropriate qualifications and experience to apply to enter the register.

Stage 2

Those who meet all the criteria in the Self Assessment of Competency can apply for pre-assessment.  This involves submitting a CV, evidence of relevant qualifications and a character reference.

Stage 3

Applicants who demonstrate that they have acceptable relevant degree–level qualifications will be informed that they are eligible to submit a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate how they meet the criteria for each of the competencies described in the Self-Assessment of Professional Competence.  Portfolios are assessed and applicants informed whether they met the criteria or whether there are any areas that require further development. Those meeting the criteria are listed on the register.

Graduate Registration is a condensed process whereby registrants need only demonstrate that they meet the knowledge competences outlined in Section A of the .

My focus is not in Sport and Performance. Can I still register?

A new registration system has recently been launched which differentiates between those working in sport and exercise with the general public or amateur athletes and those working in a high performance environment.  This new approach recognises the work of all SEN professionals, whatever their scope of practice.


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