Assessing the Nutrition Knowledge of Young Athletes: Development of an Evidence-Based Questionnaire

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Title:
Assessing the Nutrition Knowledge of Young Athletes: Development of an Evidence-Based Questionnaire
Author:
Ralph, Maria Angelina
Issue Date:
May-2012
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
In the midst of the American overweight and obesity crisis, statistics describing Adolescents' dietary habits, physical activity levels, and organized sport participation suggest that young athletes have suboptimal nutritional knowledge and habits specific to their sports. The objective of this research was to develop an evidence-based questionnaire tool that could effectively address gaps in nutritional knowledge, thereby providing coaches and nutritionists with a starting point for developing an educational intervention program for young athletes. A review of the scientific literature revealed that common areas of concern for adolescent athletes included the intake of macronutrients (fats, proteins, and carbohydrates), calcium, iron, and fluid. Based on this evidence, a questionnaire was developed to gauge subjects' knowledge in these areas, as well as to provide insight into their attitudes and beliefs about sports nutrition. The implementation of this questionnaire is suggested in the context of a multifaceted nutrition intervention/education program that incorporates assessment of diet and physical activity (especially through technology-based methods), open discussion and learning activities, and one-on-one nutrition counseling to maximize the potential for individualization of the program. All components of this approach are evidence-based and highly customizable.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Degree Name:
B.S.
Degree Level:
bachelors
Degree Program:
Honors College; Nutritional Sciences
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona

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dc.titleAssessing the Nutrition Knowledge of Young Athletes: Development of an Evidence-Based Questionnaireen_US
dc.creatorRalph, Maria Angelinaen_US
dc.contributor.authorRalph, Maria Angelinaen_US
dc.date.issued2012-05-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractIn the midst of the American overweight and obesity crisis, statistics describing Adolescents' dietary habits, physical activity levels, and organized sport participation suggest that young athletes have suboptimal nutritional knowledge and habits specific to their sports. The objective of this research was to develop an evidence-based questionnaire tool that could effectively address gaps in nutritional knowledge, thereby providing coaches and nutritionists with a starting point for developing an educational intervention program for young athletes. A review of the scientific literature revealed that common areas of concern for adolescent athletes included the intake of macronutrients (fats, proteins, and carbohydrates), calcium, iron, and fluid. Based on this evidence, a questionnaire was developed to gauge subjects' knowledge in these areas, as well as to provide insight into their attitudes and beliefs about sports nutrition. The implementation of this questionnaire is suggested in the context of a multifaceted nutrition intervention/education program that incorporates assessment of diet and physical activity (especially through technology-based methods), open discussion and learning activities, and one-on-one nutrition counseling to maximize the potential for individualization of the program. All components of this approach are evidence-based and highly customizable.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
thesis.degree.nameB.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelbachelorsen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHonors Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineNutritional Sciencesen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
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