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Nutrition Basics for Cheer Athletes

8-12 hrs online study + quiz

Available all year with CCA Coach or Team Membership

What we feed our bodies is just as important as how we train. Even though passing this short course module will not make you a certified nutritionist, we go through the essential nutrition and body management basics to boost athletic performance and manage a positive, healthy body image for cheerleading athletes.


  • Name the food groups and uses

  • Explain what happens if an athlete becomes deprived of any of the major food groups

  • Name the different types of body types and how they effect the way we are designed

  • Assist athletes with hydration, prevent and identify the signs of dehydration

  • Understand the appropriate nutrition measures for athletes vs non-athletes

  • Explain the role of hormones and their impact on metabolism and body

  • Describe the elements that help determine accumulation and reduction of body fat

  • List and discuss the three key nutrition issues in the sport of cheerleading

  • Assist athletes in making healthy and balanced food choices for the cheerleading season

  • Understand what guidelines you can and cannot give, as a non-nutritionist professional

  • Explain what biological, psychological and social factors can potentially cause an eating disorder

  • Describe how sport can act as a trigger for eating disorders

  • How create a team culture to prevent eating disorders

  • Differentiate between supplements and performance enhancing drugs

  • Name the dangers, signs and symptoms of using drugs

  • Act effectively to identify and refer a concerning athlete to the right professionals

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  • CCA Coach Membership ($34/month)

  • CCA1 Introduction to Sports Performance & Conditioning (introductory course included in your CCA Coach membership)

INCLUDES: Workbook, reading materials, videos, quiz, certificate (digital format), access to CCA video library & resources

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Stand out with USCCE accredited professional development for cheerleading coaches

Since 2011, CheerConditioning.Academy (CCA) has become the go-to resource cheer conditioning, sports performance, pom dance fitness & recreational cheerleading. When you register to become a member of CheerConditioning.Academy you can access monthly short courses for your Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and work your way to our graduation course program, where you receive the USCCE Accredited Certificate.

CheerConditioning.Academy courses are not a replacement for cheer coaching credentialing, but they serve as a  valuable continuing education programme  (CPD) for existing coaches and coaching assistants. Please speak with your event provider, insurance, governing body or your federation to check your credentialing requirements. 

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Accreditation through USCCE

United States Centre for Coaching Excellence


We are proud to announce the world’s first officially accredited Continued Professional Development Courses for cheerleading education via online learning. 


Through The United States Center for Coaching Excellence (USCCE), Cheer Conditioning Academy has successfully accredited its coaching education program under the USCCE’s National Committee for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE) receiving Domain Specific Level 3 accreditation for Physical Conditioning and Teaching and Communication.


The NCACE accreditation reviewers noted that the program was “very comprehensive and thorough”, provided “quality on-line instruction for coaches”, and delivered “positive and proactive training”.  Through this accreditation process, NCACE ensures that the program adheres to the characteristics of excellence as prescribed by SHAPE America’s National Standards for Sport Coaches. 


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