Nutrition knowledge of professional football players aged 16-18 years old

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/115192
Title:
Nutrition knowledge of professional football players aged 16-18 years old
Authors:
Evans, Lauren
Abstract:
Nutrition knowledge in general has an important role in determining an individual’s health and fitness. Sports nutrition is an essential part of an athlete’s program as without the right nutrition, fitness and performance may be hindered. There is a shortage of studies on nutritional knowledge on football players and no studies were found with participants under 18 years old. The importance of nutrition and hydration in young football players cannot be stressed enough. Despite these facts, it is not evident that any particular nutrition education provisions are currently in place to target this vulnerable group. For this reason, it was hypothesised that nutrition knowledge amongst this group would be poor. The study aimed to assess the nutrition knowledge and attitudes of professional football players aged 16-18 years old and to identify any areas of weakness. A nutrition knowledge questionnaire was administered to 48 professional male football players aged 16-18 years old. Three professional clubs participated in the study. 19 players from a Premier League club, 15 from a League Two club and 14 from a League One club. The mean overall nutrition knowledge score for the football players was 63%. There was no significant difference in nutrition knowledge found between clubs. No significant difference in mean scores for subsections of the questionnaire; general nutrition, sports nutrition, supplements and hydration were found. Nutrition attitudes of the players were positive overall, with 100% of players aware of the importance of nutrition for performance. 94% of players believed they would benefit from more nutritional advice. Nutrition scores reflect a good overall knowledge of nutrition for football however, players still believe that they would benefit from more nutritional information emphasising the need for nutrition education in team sports.
Advisors:
Fallows, Stephen
Publisher:
University of Chester
Publication Date:
2009
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/115192
Type:
Thesis or dissertation
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
Masters Dissertations

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.advisorFallows, Stephenen
dc.contributor.authorEvans, Laurenen
dc.date.accessioned2010-11-09T17:45:07Z-
dc.date.available2010-11-09T17:45:07Z-
dc.date.issued2009-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/115192-
dc.description.abstractNutrition knowledge in general has an important role in determining an individual’s health and fitness. Sports nutrition is an essential part of an athlete’s program as without the right nutrition, fitness and performance may be hindered. There is a shortage of studies on nutritional knowledge on football players and no studies were found with participants under 18 years old. The importance of nutrition and hydration in young football players cannot be stressed enough. Despite these facts, it is not evident that any particular nutrition education provisions are currently in place to target this vulnerable group. For this reason, it was hypothesised that nutrition knowledge amongst this group would be poor. The study aimed to assess the nutrition knowledge and attitudes of professional football players aged 16-18 years old and to identify any areas of weakness. A nutrition knowledge questionnaire was administered to 48 professional male football players aged 16-18 years old. Three professional clubs participated in the study. 19 players from a Premier League club, 15 from a League Two club and 14 from a League One club. The mean overall nutrition knowledge score for the football players was 63%. There was no significant difference in nutrition knowledge found between clubs. No significant difference in mean scores for subsections of the questionnaire; general nutrition, sports nutrition, supplements and hydration were found. Nutrition attitudes of the players were positive overall, with 100% of players aware of the importance of nutrition for performance. 94% of players believed they would benefit from more nutritional advice. Nutrition scores reflect a good overall knowledge of nutrition for football however, players still believe that they would benefit from more nutritional information emphasising the need for nutrition education in team sports.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Chesteren
dc.subjectacademyen
dc.subjecteducationen
dc.subjectsupplementsen
dc.subjecthydrationen
dc.subjectvitaminsen
dc.subjectathletesen
dc.titleNutrition knowledge of professional football players aged 16-18 years olden
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationnameMScen
dc.type.qualificationlevelMasters Degreeen
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