Nutritional Knowledge And Athletes : Nutrition

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Tyler Inch
Nutrition Paper

Nutritional Knowledge and Athletes

How well do you know nutrition? Do you know the recommended daily intakes of the three macronutrients – carbohydrates, proteins, and fats? All people have varying levels of nutritional knowledge and there are a number of ways that a person can go about enhancing their nutritional knowledge including Internet research and speaking with a nutritionist or dietitian. However, no matter how much any person knows about nutrition, one would most likely assume that a person with more knowledge of nutrition would make healthier or better decisions regarding nutrition. Nutrition can be difficult enough for anyone but being an athlete changes a person’s dietary needs, which makes the necessary nutritional knowledge of an athlete different from that of others. In recent years, there have been a number of studies done regarding the nutritional knowledge of athletes and their nutritional habits. There was one study that examined male collegiate athletes and their knowledge about protein needs while another looked for a correlation between nutritional knowledge and nutritional habits in professional rugby players. A third study looked at the effect of a sports dietitian and gender differences on nutritional habits for collegiate athletes. In the following paragraphs, these three studies will be discussed in further detail.

Protein is one of the three macronutrients required by the body and athletes generally require more
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