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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 Competency document.
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.
In the first instance, the registration process is focused specifically on the Sport and Performance scope of practice. However it is intended that Physical Activity for Health and Education and Research pathways will be introduced as secondary phases to the establishment of the SENr.
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