Elite squash players nutrition knowledge and influencing factors

TURNER, Ollie, MITCHELL, Nigel, RUDDOCK, Alan, PURVIS, Alison and RANCHORDAS, Mayur (2021). Elite squash players nutrition knowledge and influencing factors. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 18.

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Background There is a reported mismatch between macronutrient consumption and contemporary macronutrient guidelines in elite standard squash players. Suboptimal dietary practices could be due to a lack of nutrition knowledge among players. Subsequently, the purpose of this study was to assess the sports nutrition knowledge of elite squash players through the Nutrition for Sport Knowledge Questionnaire (NSKQ) and provide an indication of whether players require nutrition support to increase their nutrition knowledge. Methods This cross-sectional study assessed the nutrition knowledge of 77 elite squash players via the NSKQ over the period of June 2020 to August 2020. Results Players conveyed average nutrition knowledge with a mean NSKQ score of 48.78 ± 10.06 (56.07% ± 11.56%). There were no significant differences in NSKQ score between male and female players (p = .532). There was found to be a weak positive association between world ranking and NSKQ score (r = .208) and age and NSKQ score (r = .281). Players who had a relevant undergraduate degree (e.g. BSc Sport & Exercise Science) had significantly greater NSKQ score than players with no relevant qualifications (p = .022). Players who consulted a sports nutritionist to obtain their main source of nutrition information were shown to have significantly greater knowledge than those who acquired knowledge from a sports scientist (p = .01) or the internet / social media (p = .007). Conclusions Players should consult with a sports nutritionist to increase their sport nutrition knowledge. Future research should quantify the effectiveness of a nutritional education intervention at increasing nutrition knowledge in players.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0606 Physiology; 1106 Human Movement and Sports Sciences; 1111 Nutrition and Dietetics; Sport Sciences
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12970-021-00443-3
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2021 12:01
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2021 10:45
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/28741

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