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ERIC Number: EJ1095696
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
Diet Quality of Collegiate Athletes
Webber, Kelly; Stoess, Amanda Ireland; Forsythe, Hazel; Kurzynske, Janet; Vaught, Joy Ann; Adams, Bailey
College Student Journal, v49 n2 p251-256 Sum 2015
Background/Objectives: Collegiate athletes generally appear healthy according to weight for height and body fat standards. Despite the fact that there are well known connections between athletic performance and nutrition, little is known about the diets of collegiate athletes. The objective of this study was to determine the diet quality of 138 collegiate athletes. Subjects and Methods: Data were collected in the laboratory and via survey. Anthropometrics were assessed using a free standing stadiometer and the BodPod® for body fat assessment. The Block 2005 Food Frequency Questionnaire© was used to assess diet. The Healthy Eating Index (HEI) 2005 was used to calculate diet quality scores. Results: The average BMI was 23.2 [+ or -] 2.3 kg/m[superscript 2] and the average body fat was 17.8 % [+ or -] 6.5. The average HEI score was 51.2 [+ or -]8.8 out of 100 possible. Higher HEI scores were correlated with higher body fat percentages in this sample. Diets were adequate in calcium, iron, and vitamin C. Diets were inadequate in fiber, fruits and vegetables. The athletes had excessive intakes of sodium and percent fat. Conclusion: These findings demonstrate the need for and potential benefit of nutrition education for collegiate athletes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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