Sports Nutrition for the Nutrition Professional Course

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Course Expires July 12, 2026
Credits: 12
Accreditations: CDR
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Real world advice from an internationally respected and trusted sports nutritionist.

This continuing professional education self-study course is based on Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook, 6th edition. The book provides real world advice from an internationally respected and trusted sports nutritionist. It outlines the latest research and information on what to eat before, during, and after exercise; sport drinks and energy foods; popular trends like keto and gluten free diets; when and how much carbohydrate to eat; meal patterns that fit an athlete’s training schedule; sustainability; and digestive issues. The book provides practical tips regarding vegan, diabetic, gluten free, low FODMAP, and bariatric diets as well as information on nutrition care for athletes with anorexia and binge eating disorders.

This course is appropriate for professionals who are new to the area of sports nutrition as well as those who need a refresher that includes well researched, practical information and tips to use with their clients. The course uses a case study based format to assess the reader’s knowledge and understanding of the content and their ability to apply it to clinical practice.

Course includes hard copy book and 1 certificate.

Already have the book? Under “Product Options”, simply choose “CPE Test Only” to purchase the CPE self-study program.

After completion of this CPE program, participants will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate knowledge of nutrient requirements throughout the lifespan, and their role in sports nutrition.
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which progressive exercise training influences nutrition needs to support positive metabolic, structural, and immunological adaptations.
    3. Create a nutrition care plan to match energy and other nutrient and fluid needs to maintain health, optimize performance, and reduce the likelihood of negative exercise outcomes.
    4. Assesses client physical activity levels to determine nutrition requirements.

This course is intended for: RDNs and NDTRs

CDR Activity Number: 177257  Self Study Activity Type: 720 Printed
CPE Level: 1

Suggested CDR Performance Indicators:

  • 8.1.5 Demonstrates knowledge of nutrient requirements throughout the lifespan, and their role in health promotion and disease prevention.
  • 8.3.7 Demonstrates an understanding of the ways in which progressive exercise training influences nutrition needs to support positive metabolic, structural, and immunological adaptations.
  • 8.3.8 Creates a nutrition care plan to match energy and other nutrient and fluid needs to maintain health, optimize performance and reduce the likelihood of negative exercise outcomes (e.g., overtraining, injury).
  • 10.2.4 Assesses client/patient physical activity levels to determine nutrition requirements.

Note: Numerous other CDR Performance Indicators may apply.

This self-study course includes required reading, a downloadable course document and an online exam with multiple choice, case study based questions. This course exam includes 48 questions. Upon passing the test, the learner can download and print the certificate.

Required Reading for this Course: Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook, 6th edition written by Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD, and Published by Sports Nutrition Services, LLC.

The text/book associated with this course is required solely for the course taker to learn the underlying principles which they will apply in taking a case-study based exam. Neither the authors nor the publishers of the text/book have contributed to or endorsed this course.

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This course would make a great CPE program to dietitians who are new to the sports nutrition field.
- Sports Nutrition for the Nutrition Professional Course
Kelly Pritchett, PhD, RDN, CSSD
This CPE program is a comprehensive review of areas of concern for those interested in the sports nutrition space. Nancy Clark brings the experience and excellence in a digestible, engaging course that can help nutrition professionals up their game in providing sound science, with practical recommendations and doable implementation.
- Sports Nutrition for the Nutrition Professional Course
Leslie Bonci, MPH, RDN, CSSD, LDN, FAND

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