Nutrition and Dietetics Applied to Sports

Program Presentation

The quality of life and well-being of our society has led to the introduction of physical activity as a leisure activity that does not extent among the desired numbers of the population, which would bring about the many health benefits that it entails.

Food and physical activity are both crucial factors of importance for achieving an optimal state of health. The Nutrition and Dietetics Applied to Sport Program is an opportunity that will allow us to know all of the really important aspects of nutrition and human diet as well as the beneficial effects that lead to a better amateur or professional sports performance.

The Nutrition and Dietetics Applied to Sport program is designed for those people who by their own self-interest or professional concern require some knowledge of quality that enables them to formulate nutritional recommendations on a personal level.

There is no component of the training that by itself, is more important than the other. The optimal result arises when different multidisciplinary concepts come together to create a set that optimizes performance.

The Nutrition and Dietetics Applied to Sport program aims to educate on the values and attitudes with regard to sport, which maximize its knowledge and the course development in order to obtain the best possible results.

Who is the programme for?

The proposed training methodology, added to the clarity, amplitude and didactic of the design of the content allows the Nutrition and Dietetics Applied to Sport program to be aimed towards all certified and/or licensed professionals in physical education, professors, and professionals in health science who wish to specialize in nutrition and feeding applied to sport, as well as people without a college education who wish to specialize in the field of sport feeding. 

The Nutrition and Dietetics Applied to Sport program will be an ideal complement to enrich any pregrade or postgrade education for someone interested in the field of Sport. 

Diploma

The degree will be granted by the university in which the student has enrolled, with the patronage of The Ibero-American University Foundation (FUNIBER). 

Program Structure

The estimated length for the completion of the Nutrition and Dietetics Applied to Sport program is of 1 year.

Regarding the distribution of time, it is established that:

  •  Being an Online Program and not being subjected to traditional class attendance, there is no established initial date so that the student can enroll at any time subject to available spaces.
  • Due to academic and learning reasons, this program has a minimum length of six months.
  • The maximum amount of time to finish this program is twelve months. In this time, the student must have turned in all the corresponding evaluation of the subjects and the Final Project.

The credit structure and hours of the Nutrition and Dietetics Applied to Sport program is shown in the following table: 

  CREDITSa LENGTHb HOURS
TOTAL 40 12 400
Mandatory Subjects 30 9 300
Final Course Work 10 3 100

a. The equivalence in credits may vary according to the university granting the degree.
b. Length in months

Objectives

General objective:

  • Provide knowledge on the structure and function of the human organism, as well as sport nutrition.

Specific objectives:

  • Acquiring a global idea of dietetics and nutrition and being able to identify the metabolic processes, the nutritional characteristics of food, the basics in the development of diets, hygienic handling of foods and knowing the actual laws.
  • Applying the physical conditioning necessary for the athlete according to the type of physical exercise to perform, its length and its frequency.
  • Being able of dominating the multidisciplinary nature regarding sports. 
  • Learning the latest news and scientific studies related to the field by international researchers experts in nutrition.  

Career Opportunities

Some of the career opportunities of the Nutrition and Dietetics Applied to Sport program are the following: 

  •  Professionals who wish to specialize in the field of Sport Nutrition.
  • Professionals who work in Gyms, Associations, Federations, etc. Who wish to acquire knowledge on nutrition. 
  • Recreational Activities Coordinator.
  • Trainers of Sport Entities.

Study Plan

The Nutrition and Dietetics Applied to Sport program has a curricular structure based in 2 training parts geared towards placing the student in a real frame according to a continuous change.

  • 1ST PART: MANDATORY SUBJECTS

The mandatory subjects allow for the understanding and comprehension of all the complexity relating the field of sport, from its theoretical, conceptual and historical fundamentals, to their organizational, social and technological implementation.

The objective of this part is to ensure the students acquire a global idea in the field of sport, acquiring knowledge on the Multidisciplinary nature of the concept.

The corresponding subjects and hours that compose the 1st Part: Mandatory Subjects are shown in the following table:

  SUBJECTS HOURS
  TOTAL 300
1 Anatomy and Physiology of the Digestive System 30
2 Macronutrients and Sport  30
3 Micronutrients and Sport 30
4 Athlete Nutrition  30
5 Nutritional Needs in Sport 35
6 Food Composition Table and Nutritional Planning in Sport 50
7 Ergogenic Aid 45
8 Eating Disorders in Sport  20
9 Nutritional Status Assessment 30
  • 2ND PART: FINAL COURSE WORK

The final part of the program is destined towards the development of the Final Project, which can be started prior to the completion of the 1st part: Mandatory Subjects, because at this moment, the student will have the developed elements necessary to start the project..

The objective is to present a comprehensive document that shows the complete development of the proposed work, contemplating the possibility of its concrete execution, according to the guidelines and details of the Final Project of the Program. The work must be composed of some of the fields studied or relating to them, both theoretically and applied, and respecting the doctrines, theories and disciplines related.

Furthermore, it must be based on the document “Guidelines for the development of the Final Course Work”, which the student will receive alongside the first delivery of the study material.

  2ND PART: FINAL COURSE WORK
1 FINAL COURSE WORK

Management

Academic Administration 

  • Dr. Pilar Sánchez Collado. Doctor in Pharmacy. Professor in the Biomedical Sciences Department from the University of León.

General Academic Coordination

  • Dr.(c) Irma Domínguez Azpíroz. International Coordinator.

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. Antonio Eduardo López Fuenzalida. Doctorate in Exercise Sciences from the University of Cordoba (Spain). Professor at the Ibero-American International.University.
  • Dr. Narcis Gusi Fuentes. Professor. Department of Didactics of Musical, Visual and Bodily of the University of Extremadura.
  • Dr. Alfredo Cordova Martinez. Professor of University College. Department of Physiology at the University of Valladolid.
  • Dr. Borja del Pozo Cruz. Doctorate in Science in Physical Activity, sports performance and health. Professor in the Department of Physical Education and Sports at the University of Seville.
  • Dr. Olga Miller Gonzalez. Doctorate in Sciences of Physical Activity and Sports.Graduate in Teaching. Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Education and Sports at the University of León.
  • Dr. Enrique Garces of Los Fayos. Doctorate in Psychology. Professor in the Department of personality, evaluation and psychological treatment of the University of Murcia.
  • Dr. Alfonso Salguero del Valle. Doctorate in Science in Physical Activity and Sports.Professor of the Department of Physical Education and Sports at the University of León.
  • Dr. Javier Gonzalez Gallego. Professor of Physiology at the University of León. Director of the Institute of Biomedicine at the University of León.
  • Dr. Sara Marquez Rosa. Professor in the area of Physical Education and Sports at the University of León. President of the Spanish Federation of Psychology in Sports (FEPD).
  • Dr. Carlos González de Haro. Doctorate in sports performance from the University of Zaragoza. Researcher in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology at the Faculty of Medicine of Zaragoza.
  • Dr. Carlos Pablos Abella. Doctorate in Psychology. Professor of the Department of Physical Education and Sports at the University of Valencia.
  • Dr. Susana Martinez. Doctorate in Biology. Professor at the University of León.
  • Dr. Aurelio Olmedilla Zafra. Doctorate in Psychology. Professor of the Faculty of Sports Science at the Catholic University San Antonio of Murcia.
  • Dr. Francisco Ortin Montero. Doctorate in Sports Psychology. Professor in the Department of personality, evaluation and psychological treatment of the University of Murcia.
  • Dr. Gema Torres Luque. Doctorate in Sports Science. Professor at the Department of Didactics of musical, plastic and body expression of the University of Jaén.
  • Dr. Joseph A. de Paz Fernández. Doctorate in Medicine. Professor of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of León.
  • Dr. Ildefonso Alvear Ordenes. Doctorate in Science in Physical Activity and Sports. Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of León.
  • Dr. In José Enrique Sirvent Belando. Doctorate in Science (Nutrition and Food Science) at the University of Alicante. Associate Professor in the Department of Analytical Chemistry, Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Alicante.
  • Dr. José Gerardo Villa Vicente. Professor in the area of Physical Education and Sports at the University of León.
  • Dr. Miguel Del Valle de Soto. Professor at the University of Oviedo. Director of the School of Sports Medicine at the University of Oviedo. Vice President of the Spanish Federation of Sports Medicine.
  • Dr. Nicolas Terrados Cepeda. Doctorate in Medicine and Surgery. Professor in the Department of Functional Biology at the University of Oviedo.
  • Dr. Nuria Garatachea Vallejo. Doctorate in Sciences of Physical Activity and Sports. Assistant Professor. Dr. of the Department of Physical Education and Sports at the University of Zaragoza.
  • Dr. Pilar Sanchez Collado. Doctorate in Pharmacy. Professor at the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of León.
  • Dr. Susana Aznar Lain. Doctorate in Sciences of Physical Activity and Sports. Professor in the Department of Didactics of Musical, Visual and Bodily at the University of Castilla La Mancha.
  • Dr. Maurizio Battino. Doctorate in Biological Sciences at the Università delle Marche. General Director of the Area of Health and Nutrition of the Ibero-american University Foundation.
  • Dr. Francesco Visioli. Doctorate in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology from the University of Brescia. Researcher in the Madrileño Instutute of Advanced Studies (IMDEA).
  • Dr. Hector Antonio Solano Lamphar. Academic Dean of the Ibero-American International University
  • Dr. Jose Manuel Figueroa. Doctor in Projects by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
  • Dr. Nadal Jose Garcia. Institute of Higher Education Pedraforca, Department of Education, Government of Catalonia, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Dr. Luis Vivanco Sierralta. Biomedical Research Center of La Rioja (Spain). Coordinator of the area of Bioethics at Funiber.
  • Dr. (c) Carmen Lili Rodriguez Velasco. Doctoral candidate in Education. Master's degree in occupational and organizational psychology.
  • Dr. (c) Irma Dominguez Azpiroz. Doctoral candidate in Education. Master in International Nutrition. Master's Degree in Physical Activity: Training and Sports Management. Academic Coordinator of the Area of Health and Nutrition at FUNIBER.
  • Dr. (c) Sandra Sumalla Cano. Doctoral candidate in Projects. Master’s degree in International Nutrition. Master's Degree in Physical Activity: Training and Sports Management.
  • Dr. (c) Anna Marin Bachs. Doctoral candidate in Education. Master’s degree in International Nutrition.
  • Dr. (c) Amelia Stein. Doctoral candidate Science of Physical Activity and Sports by the University of León.
  • Dr. (c) Jose Alberto Frade-Martins Parraça. Doctoral candidate associated with the University of Extremadura. Professor of the Faculty of Health and Sports at the University of Evora, Portugal.
  • Dr. (c) Jose Maria Garcia Lafuente. Doctoral candidate of the Physiology Department at the University of Extremadura.

FUNIBER Training Scholarships

The Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER) periodically delivers an economic baseline with extraordinary character for FUNIBER scholarships.

To apply for it, you only need to send your application for a scholarship on the website’s main page with the required data, and the evaluation committee will examine the suitability of your candidature to be granted economic aid, in the form of a FUNIBER scholarship.