Assessment Item 1: Endurance Case Study – UG/PG
Suggested Length: ~3000 words
The purpose of this assignment is for students to review the role nutrition plays in supporting an endurance sporting activity. Students will have the opportunity to review the physiological and practical challenges associated with a 157km road cycling event and to develop practical strategies to support an athlete competing in the event. Assignment one addresses all learning outcomes of the unit.
· Sam is a recreational athlete competing in the ‘Race’ division of L’Etape Australia. This is a 157km road cycling event that will take place in the Snowy Mountains in December 2017. Details of the event can be found at http://letapeaustralia.com/the-routes/ You will find useful information on food and fluid availability in the FAQs http://letapeaustralia.com/faq/
· Sam will be competing as an individual. He anticipates completing the race in 4.5-5hrs.
· Sam is 26 years old, 175cm tall, 75 kg and has skinfolds (sum of 7) 0f 60mm.
· Sam’s weight is stable and his goal is to maintain his current body composition.
· Sam has no existing medical conditions.
· Sam typically has three light training days and two hard training days each week. A 3-day food and training diary is provided on the following pages.
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Light Training Day
Relative Humidity: 46%
50 km road ride – ~1½ hours – medium intensity
Scrambled eggs with 3 eggs and 50ml milk
2 slices wholegrain bread with 2 tsp butter
1 large flat white with full cream milk– 1 sugar
5 snake lollies
1 multigrain roll – ham, lettuce, pickles, 2 tsp margarine
1 John West Light Tuna Tempter (onion & tomato)
3 snake lollies
45 minute on rollers – medium intensity
10 steamed green beans
2 small steamed potatoes
½ steamed zucchini
1 cup steamed pumpkin
1 Tb olive oil
200ml red wine
60g Uncle Toby’s Natural Style Muesli
1 cup light milk
170g Chobani passionfruit yoghurt
1 cup light milk
Heavy Training Day
Relative Humidity: 28%
1 Carmen’s muesli bar (yoghurt, apricot & almond)
100km road ride – ~3½ hours –medium to high intensity
1 Gu gel, 750ml water
1 Carmen’s muesli bar (blueberry and chocolate)
2 large flat whites with full cream milk – 1 sugar
2 sausage rolls – individual size from bakery
1 chocolate croissant
6 jelly babies
1 handful plain Dorritos
2 slices multigrain bread, 30g reduced fat tasty cheese, 3 tsp Vegemite
1 cup cooked brown rice
¼ cup fennel
¼ cup spinach
1 Tb olive oil + 2 tsp lemon juice
200ml white wine
25g Cadbury Gold dark chocolate
Relative Humidity: 36%
2 slices wholegrain bread – 1 Tb peanut butter, 1 Tb honey
10 dark chocolate goji berries
1 large flat white with full cream milk – 1 sugar
2 toasted sandwiches – 4 slices wholemeal bread, 60g Jarlsberg cheese, 1 Tb pickles
1 Milo – 250ml light milk, 2 Tbsp Milo
6 slices Pizza Capers Vegetarian pizza
2 glasses red wine
150g Dairy Farmers Thick & Creamy Raspberry & Coconut Yoghurt
10 dark chocolate goji berries
250 ml light milk
Prepare a report for Sam that includes:
- An evidence-based review of the physiological and practical challenges of the L’Etape Race event and how these will impact on nutritional requirements. (~1000 words)
- Assessment of Sam’s training diet with explanation and justification of any modifications you recommend. (~1000 words)
- A food and fluid plan for competition day for Sam. You will need to give specific details of the types, quantities and timing of food/beverages that should be consumed before, during and after the event. You will need to explain your recommendations. (~1000 words)
Your report should be written in a style that is direct, easy to understand yet comprehensive. Assume that Sam is an intelligent, experienced competitor but does not have any formal scientific or nutritional training. You will need to reference your report.
The following assessment criteria will be used in assessing Assignment 1:
Ability to link physiological and practical challenges of exercise to nutritional requirements.
Demonstrates a comprehensive and accurate understanding of the link between exercise and nutritional requirements. Major issues are critically and accurately identified without distraction by irrelevant material.
Ability to analyse dietary intake data.
Nutrition standards are used appropriately to assess dietary intake of an athlete.
Ability to develop practical and relevant nutritional strategies.
Strategies are informed by theory, relevant and achievable.
Ability to write in a clear, effective, professional manner.
Report is clear, concise and interesting. Information flows in a logical and effective manner. Spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors are almost non-existent. Work is original and the ideas of others are appropriately acknowledged. References are cited consistently and in accordance with a style such as Vancouver.