Liquid Nutrition For The Athlete - AT13

Liquid Nutrition For The Athlete

by Julie Schwartz, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD
(4.4 / 122 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Athletic Training (1.00 hours)

Price: $29.00
CE-PRO Price: $14.50


Do energy drinks really provide energy? Do athletes truly require products such as Gatorade or Powerade? What about beverages such as chocolate milk — do they contain too much sugar for an athlete? For athletes, whether recreational or competitive, the proper fuel is as vital as training to performance. The right combination of nutrients helps athletes excel at their sports. Proper nutritional intake staves off fatigue, including the underperformance some athletes experience even though they “feel good.” Proper liquid nutrition accomplishes these things within tight time constraints while avoiding gastrointestinal disturbance. By understanding the ingredients of various sports drinks, liquid meal-replacement drinks and energy drinks, registered dietitian nutritionists and other healthcare professionals can recommend appropriate products to their athlete clients based on sport-specific fuel requirements to maximize both training and performance.


The goal of this continuing education program on liquid nutrition for the athlete is to educate registered dietitian nutritionists and other healthcare professionals working with recreational and competitive athletes about how sports drinks, liquid meal-replacement drinks, energy drinks and other beverages can meet an athlete’s fuel and convenience needs, as well as discussing these drinks’ potential pitfalls.
After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
  • List multiple benefits of liquid meal-replacement drinks
  • Define the criteria for consuming sports drinks
  • Describe the difference between a sports drink and an energy drink

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, athletic trainers, fitness professionals, and massage therapists.
Athletic professionals: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers (provider #P1000). This program has been approved for a maximum of 1 hour of Category A continuing education. Difficulty level: essential
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Athletic Training (provider # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 12/1/2010
Date of Most Recent Review: 7/28/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 5/30/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Takisha E - San Antonio, TX  ·  Aug 09, 2019
I would have appreciated a powerpoint presentation or a video instead of a wall of text.
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Nicole W - Mebane, NC  ·  Aug 09, 2019
Very informative and good examples
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Melissa R - Omaha, NE  ·  Aug 02, 2018
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Jason S - Delray Beach, FL  ·  Jul 18, 2018
I really enjoyed the material. It enhanced what I learned when I became a CSCS and I'm going to use this for my clients in the future.
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Rachel D - Hyattsville, MD  ·  Jul 05, 2018
Helpful and relevant information
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Price: $29.00
CE-PRO Price: $14.50