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An Evaluation of Nutrition Knowledge among NCAA Collegiate Athletes
by Quintanilla, Alyssa, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2020, 48; 28027915
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Barrack, Michelle
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
Publication Number: 28027915
ISBN: 9798698590880
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