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Sports Nutrition

During the minor Sports and Exercise Nutrition the nutritionist learns to develop, execute, evaluate and adjust a sports nutrition policy (plan) to improve sports performance of a sports team (and individual athletes).

To develop a good sports nutrition policy plan students have to analyze the organization, the physiological demands of the sports, the current nutritional behavior, and the factors that positively and negatively affect nutritional behavior of the sports team/organization.

Based on this analysis and sports nutrition policy (plan) students can select, develop, execute, evaluate and adjust counselling, education and coaching strategies to cause a sustainable change in the nutritional behavior to improve sports performance.

During this exchange course you will benefit from the expertise of lecturers who work or have worked with elite athletes at the highest level.

You will learn how to inform and guide individual athletes about sports nutrition. You will also learn how to design and run group interventions for athletes. The interventions will advise athletes about sports nutrition and helps athletes to adjust their eating habits.



Nutrition and dietetics.

Exercise physiology.

Nutritional physiology.

Health education.


Type of exchange course

A block course is offered once or twice a year in a block during a semester.
A specialisation course enables you to further deepen your skills and knowledge within the professional profile of your current study program.





Provide individual advice and guidance in the area of sports nutrition.
Design and run a group consultation for athletes about sports nutrition.



Coach individuals on sports nutrition .
Consult individuals and groups on sports nutrition.
Develop knowledge on sports nutrition.

Aanvullende informatie

Nice to know:

The exchange course is offered in semester 1 (1 September till 31 January) and semester 2 (1 February to 1 July). For Dutch students: you can also take the same course (minor Sportvoeding) in Dutch in semester 1 and 2.

The lectures for this exchange course will take place in Nijmegen/Topsport facility Papendal.

For more information: | T 31 (0)24 35 30 500 from 09.00 to 16.30 |

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Entry requirements

An exchange course will be of most benefit to you if it complements your study and/or your professional profile, is at an appropriate level and does not overlap with your major.


For whom?

Students following a study in one of the following areas:

- Sports and exercise science
- Human movement science 
- Nutrition & dietetics
- Physiotherapy
- Teacher training in physical education 
- Sport & health management


If you follow a different kind of study please contact Gert Vriend (, to find out if you are eligible. For international students studying in the above or related fields, we will evaluate whether your background is suitable for this exchange course.


Admission requirements

- Good English reading ability.
- Sufficient English speaking ability.
- Completed your first year at university or university of  Applied sciencesofpplied sciences.
- Knowledge of research or evidence-based methods.



During the minor sports nutrition you have analyzed the current nutritional policy of a sports organization and sports team and look for improvements. After you have analyzed the current nutritional policy, you have to make, execute and evaluate at least 6 suiting (sports nutritional) interventions. The meetings with board members, cantine workers, coaches and athletes have to be recorded. You will not only make, execute and evaluate 6 nutritional interventions, individually you also have to provide nutritional coaching for at least one individual athlete. There are several smaller assignments during the semester which you have to combine in a portfolio. Finally you also have to do a free assignment in sports nutrition.

During this exchange course your performance will be assessed in the following ways:

- Analysis plan of action

- Intervention plans and execution and peer assessment

- Individual coaching plan

- Free assignment

- Portfolio assignments

- Knowledge test



Before starting the exchange course, we would like to advise you to read the chapters about carbohydrates, protein, fats and fluids; subchapters chemists view until (and including) digestion and absorption, of the book Understanding Nutrition by Ellie Whitney and Sharon Rady Rolfes.  



Lectures and tutorials are organized on 2 days. There is also frequently a practical session organized on another day in the week. So keep in mind that there are 3 days in which classes are organized. This means that on the other days you have to work on portfolio assignments/products and study for your knowledge tests.


Working methods

- (Online) lectures.
- Study groups.
- Tutorials.
- Practical sessions.