Energy deficiency in athletes can have negative physical and mental effects, as well as interfere with performance. Most commonly, energy deficiency occurs in athletes participating in aesthetic, endurance, and weight-class sports. Several methods exist to evaluate energy deficiency, all of which have varying levels of accessibility and error. While there is standardization in the evaluation of other medical conditions, a standard protocol does not exist for assessing energy deficiency. The purpose of this study was to evaluate differences in use of methods to assess energy deficiency among practicing sports dietitians based on their years in the field, board certified status, professional setting, and full-time compared to part-time status. While there were no significant differences in use of assessment methods based on years in the field, there were significant differences based on board certified status (i.e. CSSD vs. non-CSSD), professional setting (i.e. collegiate sports, professional sports, health club/corporate wellness, and private practice), and full-time compared to part-time status. Further research is needed to support these findings and to aid in the development of standardized assessment methods.
|Advisor:||Barrack, Michelle T.|
|Commitee:||Devine, Wendy, Gray, Virginia B.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Family and Consumer Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 56/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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