Update on the Nutrition Course / Mentorship
Thanks to all of you who gave your feedback via our survey on the content and logisitcs of running a mentorship programme. We are pleased to announce we are now running regular mentorship and student mentorship programmes! For more details and to apply, please CLICK HERE. Places will be allocated based on merit, on a first come, first served basis and therefore applications will close once all positions have been filled; get your application in early to increase your chances of success. The Mac-Nutrition nutrition course / mentorship has an applied focus so you will need at least some background knowledge of nutrition/health/exercise. It is suited to anyone who has done a degree in anything sciency, most practicing personal trainers, people who have done dietetics but want CPD in sports nutrition, serious fitness enthusiasts, those who have done vocational nutrition qualifications etc. When it gets down to booking places feel free to contact us if you're not sure if this is going to be the right level for you.
Where Did the Idea Come From?
The whole idea of running a nutrition course or mentorship for students and professionals came out of an email we received from a nutritionist who asked about internships. Our work doesn't lend itself fantastically to work shadowing but we thought ' nutrition course / mentorship weekend for instance could certainly be organised in a way that 'practical' experience was a focus. So that's what we have done!
Below is what the aforementioned nutritionist came up with:
In terms of the internship – for me i would like to learn how you work with athletes – from the initial consultations to the testing , dietary and supplement advice, the things you consider , and how you progress and monitor them. I would like to find out how you spend a typical day – research tips – learn the best places and people to seek professional guidance from (far too many people saying too many different things). Appropriate books and courses that you recommend – tools you use for monitoring body fat, weight, hydration testing and so on.
I guess the main thing for me would be to have the opportunity to bring back home some skills i could use in sports nutrition in my local area, for weekend warriors , local club level athletes – I want to work with rugby clubs and football clubs local to my area – and learning a good protocol to insure I am covering all the necessary requirements – what to look out for – what to consider and so on.
I am still studying sports nutrition – so to compliment my course and walk away feeling I could happily sit in front of an athlete and support them nutritionally would be good. I assume the knowledge will come , but in my experience – learning from a book is not enough – it is the practical/reality of it all.