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Fuelling for Athletic Performance

Nutrition plays a fundamental role in exercise performance and athletes should be aware of how to fuel correctly before exercise and adjust their nutritional intake to meet the demands of their training. 

Through this module, GetPRO Professional aims to provide sports nutritionists with the tools and resources to address these questions.

These resources are particularly suitable for use by sports nutrition professionals with recreational or amateur athletes.

Key learnings

The module’s key learnings are:

  • Energy comes from the carbohydrates, fats and protein in our diet. In particular, sufficient carbohydrates are essential when it comes to exercise performance.  
  • Glycogen stores are limited, highlighting the importance of topping up stores if exercising at high intensities or for long durations (>80mins).  
  • Periodising carbohydrate doesn’t mean no carbohydrate! The amount you need is dependent upon your individual goals and activity levels.  
  • The closer you are to exercising, opt for foods with a higher glycemic index and lower in fibre, fat and protein to limit gastrointestinal issues.  

Written by Michael Naylor

Downloadable Resources

Fuelling the athlete – An expert refresher for sports nutritionists

Review the science behind pre-exercise nutrition and energy requirements for sports and exercise.

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Fuelling the athlete – PowerPoint Presentation

Explain the energy value of different food groups and their roles in fuelling exercise performance. 

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Fue for exercise - Infographic

Share this table to provide athletes' with practical guidance on how much carbohydrates to consume before and during exercise depending on the duration and intensity. 

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This information is intended for Health and/or Nutrition Professionals working within the field of sport and performance nutrition, including sports nutritionists, dietitians, sports scientists, coaches, athletic trainers and others who have professional training in nutrition and human physiology.


Disclaimer: This information is intended for Health and/or Nutrition Professionals working within the field of sport and performance nutrition, including sports nutritionists, dietitians, sports scientists, coaches, athletic trainers and others who have professional training in nutrition and human physiology.

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