Course Curriculum

Basic Exercise Physiology

Part I – via distance learning (8 – 10 weeks)

  • Thermodynamics, Biochemistry and Metabolism
  • Skeletal Muscle Plasticity
  • The Endocrinology of Resistance Exercise and Training
  • Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Responses to Exercise
  • Molecular Biology of Exercise and Nutrition
  • Aspects of Overtraining

Part II – Lectures (available online and to download) + brand new lectures added every 8 weeks:

  • Performance Nutrition – An Introduction to the Art and Science of Sports and Exercise Nutrition – Laurent Bannock MSc CISSN
  • Exercise Metabolism – Converting Food to Energy for Performance – Scott Robinson MSc CISSN
  • Carbohydrates For Health and Health Performance – Scott Robinson MSc CISSN
  • Fats Oxidation for Health and Performance – Scott Robinson MSc CISSN
  • Exercise Metabolism and Bioenergetics – Dr James Morton PhD
  • Metabolic Regulation in High-intensity Exercise – Dr James Morton PhD
  • High-intensity Interval Training: A Little Pain for a Lot of Gain – Dr James Morton PhD
  • Nutritional Strategies for Injury – Dr James Morton PhD
  • Free Radicals and Exercise – Dr Graeme Close PhD
  • Nutrition for Recovery and Adaptation – Dr Graeme Close PhD
  • Assessment of Energy Intake: The Most Difficult of All Physiological Measures! – Dr Graeme Close PhD
  • Nutritional Strategies to Support Immune Function – Dr Graeme Close PhD
  • Supplements for Muscle Gain: Are there any? – Dr Graeme Close PhD
  • Gut Reactions: A functional look at how gut function, gut environment and gut integrity can affect health and performance – Laurent Bannock MSc CISSN
  • The Endurance Athlete: The Physiology of Champions – Dr James Morton PhD
  • Fluid Balance during Exercise and Recovery – Dr Gethin Evans PhD
  • Exercise and the Gastrointestinal System – Dr Gethin Evans PhD
  • The Regulation of Appetite – Dr Gethin Evans PhD

Exercise Principles and Assessment

Part I – via distance learning (8 – 10 weeks)

  • Principles of Exercise Training
  • Laboratory and Field Techniques for Measuring Performance
  • Methods of Body Composition Assessment
  • Nutritional Assessment and Counselling of Athletes

Part II – Lectures (available online and to download) + brand new lectures added every 8 weeks:

  • The Role of Dietary Nitrate in Enhancing Nitric Oxide Production and in Modulating Blood Pressure, Blood Flow, and Muscle Efficiency and Performance – Prof Andrew Jones PhD
  • The Control of, and Limitations to, Skeletal Muscle Oxidative Metabolism – Prof Andrew Jones PhD
  • A Storm in a Coffee Cup – The Metabolic and Physiological Effects of Caffeine – Dr Adrian Hodgson PhD
  • The Power of Natural Bioactive Ingredients on Human Energy and Substrate Metabolism – Dr Adrian Hodgson PhD
  • Bioenergetics 101 – Scott Robinson MSc CISSN
  • Bioenergetics in the Real World – Scott Robinson MSc CISSN
  • Buffering Agents in Performance – Craig Sale PhD
  • Bone Health and Metabolism – Craig Sale PhD
  • Nutritional Influences on Adaptations to Strength Training – Laurent Bannock MSc CISSN CSCS

Basic and Applied Nutrition

Part I – via distance learning (8 – 10 weeks)

  • An Overview of Macronutrients
  • Protein
  • Fat
  • Carbohydrates
  • Vitamins and Minerals
  • Nutritional Needs of Endurance Athletes
  • Nutritional Needs of Strength-Power Athletes
  • A Different Look at the Food Guide Pyramid
  • Special Needs of Youth, Women and the Elderly

Part II – Lectures (available online and to download) + brand new lectures added every 8 weeks:

  • Energy Balance and Body Weight Regulation – From Biochemistry to Common Sense – Scott Robinson MSc CISSN
  • Exercise Metabolism for High-intensity Interval Exercise: Application for Sport and Health – Dr James Morton PhD
  • Carbohydrate Restriction: Practical Approaches to Enhance Training Adaptation – Dr James Morton PhD
  • Vitamin D: Its Role in Performance and Health – Dr Graeme Close PhD
  • Soccer Nutrition: Theory and Practice in FA Premier League – Dr James Morton PhD
  • Rugby Nutrition: Theory and Practice in Rugby League – Dr Graeme Close PhD
  • Boxing Nutrition – Dr James Morton PhD
  • Drink to Thirst or Drink to Guidelines? – Dr James Morton PhD
  • Endurance Exercise Nutrition – Dr James Morton PhD
  • Intermittent Fasting – Is it all it’s cracked up to be and can athletes use it? – Martin MacDonald MSc CSCS
  • Pitfalls of Practitioners – A Controversial Critique – Martin MacDonald MSc CSCS
  • Presenting Skills for Communicating with Athletes and Professionals – Dr James Morton PhD
  • Supplement Strategies for Team Sports – Dr James Morton PhD
  • Why Does Exercise Intensity Influence Fat Oxidation – Dr James Morton PhD
  • Technology in Nutrition – Dr Graeme Close
  • Nutrition Periodisation – Dr Graeme Close
  • Getting a Job (and pitfalls) in Professional Sport – Dr Graeme Close
  • Nutrition and Acid Base Physiology – Laurent Bannock MSc CISSN*H CSCS
  • Exercise, Diet and Human Evolution – Laurent Bannock MSc CISSN*H CSCS

Supplements

Part I – via distance learning (8 – 10 weeks)

  • Sports Applications of Creatine
  • Weight Loss Ingredients
  • An Overview of Sports Supplements
  • Hormonal Supplements: Legal & Illegal

Part II – Lectures (available online and to download) + brand new lectures added every 8 weeks:

  • Hydration and Testing: Theory and Application (includes practical sessions using a urine refractometer) – Laurent Bannock MSc CISSN
  • Determining Your Clients Nutritional Needs: Theory and Application (using Excel spreadsheet tools) – Scott Robinson MSc CISSN
  • Milk Influences on Performance and Recovery – Dr Emma Stevenson PhD
  • Nutrition Interventions to Augment Fat Oxidation During Exercise – Dr Emma Stevenson PhD
  • Nutritional Strategies for the Ageing Athlete – Dr Leigh Breen PhD
  • Assessing the Muscle Building Capacity of Novel Nutrient Compounds – Dr Lee Breen PhD
  • The Role of Leucine in Muscle Remodelling – Dr Leigh Breen PhD
  • Carbohydrate Guidelines for Athletes: An Update – Dr James Morton PhD
  • Molecular Biology for the Sports Nutritionist – Dr James Morton PhD
  • Metabolic Causes of Fatigue – Dr James Morton PhD
  • From Science to Practice: Applying Sound Performance Nutrition Support in Elite Sport – Mayur Ranchordas DProf (cand) MSc CISSN (to be presented in London and filmed in Nov 2014)
  • The Effects of Functional Foods on Recovery from Strenuous Exercise – Mayur Ranchordas DProf (cand) MSc CISSN (to be presented in London and filmed in Nov 2014)
  • Performance Nutrition for Team Sports – Mayur Ranchordas DProf (cand) MSc CISSN (to be presented in London and filmed in Nov 2014)
  • Molecular Biology for the Sports Nutritionist – Dr James Morton (to be presented in London and filmed in Sept 2014)
  • The Endurance Athlete: The Physiology of a Champion – Dr James Morton (to be presented in London and filmed in Sept 2014)
  • The Metabolic Causes of Fatigue – Dr James Morton (to be presented in London and filmed in Sept 2014)

Special Topics

Part I – via distance learning (8 – 10 weeks)

  • Special Legal Review (banned substances, scope of practice)
  • Very Low Carbohydrate Diets
  • Eating To Improve Body Composition
  • Nutrition Before, During, and After Exercise (Nutrient Timing) for the Endurance Athlete
  • Nutrition Before, During, and After Exercise (Nutrient Timing) for the Strength Athlete

Part II – Lectures (available online and to download) + brand new lectures added every 8 weeks:

  • Influence of Endogenous Hormonal Changes with Resistance Training on Hypertrophy and Strength – Prof Stu Phillips PhD
  • Role of Protein Supplementation in Augmenting Gains in Muscle Mass – Prof Stu Phillips PhD
  • Protein for Endurance Exercise – Prof Kevin Tipton PhD
  • Nutrition for Injuries – Prof Kevin Tipton PhD
  • Triathlon Nutrition – Dr Kevin Currell (to be presented in London and filmed in Nov 2014)
  • Role and Scope of Practice of a Performance Nutritionist – Dr Kevin Currell (to be presented in London and filmed in Nov 2014)
  • Applied Sports and Exercise Nutrition: Putting It All Together – Laurent Bannock MSc CISSN and Scott Robinson MSc CISSN
  • Nutrition and Training Influences on Energy Systems for Performance and Body Composition – Laurent Bannock MSc CISSN and Scott Robinson MSc CISSN
  • Nutrient Timing and Periodisation: Concept and Application – Laurent Bannock MSc CISSN CSCS
  • Biochemistry and Practical Strategies to Promote Muscle Glycogen Re-synthesis – Dr James Morton PhD
  • Endurance Exercise Nutrition – Dr James Morton PhD
  • PGC1-alpha: The Master Regulator of Endurance Training Adaptations – Dr James Morton PhD
  • Supplement Testing: Reducing the Risk of Doping / Avoiding Inadvertent Doping – How safe are your supplements? – HFL Informed Sport
  • Fluid Balance During Exercise and Recovery – Dr Gethin Evans (to be presented in London and filmed in Nov 2014)
  • Exercise and the Gastrointestinal System – Dr Gethin Evans (to be presented in London and filmed in Nov 2014)
  • The Regulation of Appetite – Dr Gethin Evans (to be presented in London and filmed in Nov 2014)

Final Exam Review Course

Sports Nutrition and Performance Enhancing Supplements

A 2-day review course (filmed in London in May 2014) that covers the core curriculum topics that are likely to feature in the CISSN exam, which also serves as the ISSN Diploma Final exam. The next ‘live’ 2-day review course will be filmed in 2015 to deliver the most up-to-date knowledge in this field to all students/participants.

These lecture videos are also available as an independent ‘review course’ and are available for purchase separately.

Review Course Schedule:

Day One:

  • Energy Systems and Skeletal Muscle Plasticity – Dr James Morton
  • Protein – Dr Adrian Hodgson
  • Carbohydrate – Scott Robinson MSc CISSN
  • Fat – Scott Robinson MSc CISSN
  • Creatine – Dr Craig Sale

Day Two:

  • Caffeine – Dr Craig Sale
  • Nutrient Timing – Laurent Bannock MSc CISSN*H CSCS
  • Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals – Dr Adrian Hodgson
  • Ergogenic Sports Supplements – Dr Craig Sale

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