Sports Nutrition and Weight Control

David L. Gee, PhD
Professor and Program Director
of Food Science and Nutrition

Course Syllabus
Grading Policy
David Gee's Home Page
Course Schedule
Ergogenic Aid Assignments

Course Syllabus

Instructor: David Gee, PhD
Office: 109 PE Building
Phone: 963-2772

Required Reading:

Nutrition for Health,  Fitness and Sport.  Melvin Williams. 7th edition.  2005.

Weight-control Information Network (WIN), National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health (NIH).

NIH - Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults - Executive Summary

Nutrition and Athletic Performance.  Joint position statement by the American College of Sports Nutrition, the American Dietetic Association, and Dietitians of Canada.
(Click on "ACSM Position Stands", then click on the December 1, 2000 position paper on Nutrition and Athletic Performance).

Grading Policy
Quiz 1 -     Nutrition & Exercise Physiology 
Monday, April 16
50 points
Exam 1 -    Nutrition & Athletic Performance 
Friday,  May 4
75 points
Exam 2 - Nutrition & Weight Control 
Final exam period (Tuesday, June 5, 12-2 PM)
100 points
Nutritional Ergogenic Aid Research Paper
(due at 2:00PM, Monday, April 30), 10%  deduction for each day late, 
65 points
Ergogenic Aid Effort - Evaluation by team members
(mid-project evaluation - Wednesday, April 18, no points), final project peer evaluation due May 2
10 points
TOTAL 300 points

  90% - 100% = A grades (typically > 93% = A, 90-92.9% = A-)
  80% - 89%  = B grades (typically 87-89.9% = B+, 83-86.9% = B, 80-82.9% = B-)
  65% - 79%  = C grades (typically 75-79.5% = C+, 70-74.9% = C, 65-69.5% = C-)
  60% - 65%  = D grades
  under 60%  = F grade

Late Papers:  All written assignments are due at the beginning of the class period.  Late papers receive a deduction of 10% for every day that the assignment is late by.  Papers turned in late over a weekend receive a 20% deduction for those days.

To encourage students to study together in groups, students already working together on the Ergogenic Aid Project will also serve as study groups.  How the study groups functions is decided upon by its members.  Extra credit is based upon how the group as a whole performs on each exam.  If the average score of the group is between 70-79%, then each member of that group receives an additional 1 point to each of their scores for that exam.  If the average score is between 80-89% or 90-100%, then each member receives an additional 3or 4 points  respectively.   This is the only extra credit offered for this class.  Take advantage of it.


Week Topic Required Reading
1   Chapters 1 & 3

Energy metabolism during exercise

3 Macronutrient needs of athletes, training diets Chapters 4, 5,  6, 13 (note chapter 13 is a new chapter in the 8th edition)

Pre-event meals, Dietary Exchange Lists
PowerPoint slides on sports nutrition

Nutrition and Athletic Performance.  Position paper by ACSM, ADA, CDA
Exchange Practice Problem
5 Fluids and electrolytes for athletes Chapter 9
6 Obesity, statistics & pathogenesis

NIH - Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of
Overweight and Obesity in Adults - Executive Summar
Statistics Related to Overweight and Obesity
Weight Cycling

7 Assessment of Obesity and Overweight
Chapter 10
8 Dietary Methods for Weight Loss and Maintenance
Chapter 11
9 Modification of eating behaviors 
Exercise fjor Weight Loss and Maintenance
10 Treatment of severe obesity:
Very Low Calorie Diets

Surgical Methods for Weight Loss

Pharmacotherapy for Weight Loss
Very Low-Calorie Diets
Gastric Surgery for Obesity
Prescription Medications for the Treatment of Obesity