Prior literature suggests that athletes' post-exercise fueling may not adequately support recovery, which may be due in part to limited nutrition knowledge of their energy and macronutrient needs. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the nutrition knowledge among NCAA collegiate athletes and evaluate differences according to gender, sport type, and grade classification. Athletes were invited to complete a 10-item web-based survey, adapted from the validated 49-SNKI. A total of 28 athletes (female, n = 26; male, n = 2) completed the nutrition knowledge survey. Results indicated that the mean nutrition knowledge score of all participants was 59% (lowest score being 20% and highest score being 100%). No statistically significant differences in nutrition knowledge scores were observed between athletes based on grade, sport, or major. The results of this study provide support for the potential need of a nutrition education program to support NCAA Division I collegiate athlete’s knowledge regarding the nutrients needed to support optimal fueling for recovery, performance, and health.
|Commitee:||Blaine, Rachel, Dekofsky, Brooke|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Family and Consumer Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 82/6(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Nutrition, Public Health Education|
|Keywords:||Athlete, Collegiate, Nutrition, Sports|
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