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Nutritional knowledge and dietary intake of young athletes

Gašper Klemenčič (2018) Nutritional knowledge and dietary intake of young athletes. Diploma thesis.

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    Meeting higher nutrient and energy requirement is crucial for a healthy growth, development and maturation of a young athlete. Population dietary guidelines references values are appropriate for addressing the micronutrient and energy requirements of children and adolescents, those involved in high-intensity sports training programs have higher nutrient and energy requirements. The purpose of the thesis is to determine the nutritional knowledge and nutritional habits of young athletes. In the research section of the thesis, with the help of a questionnaire, we determined their nutritional knowledge and nutritional habits. 75 young athletes were surveyed, divided into groups based by their age (children and adolescent). Children were born between 2005 and 2008, adolescents were born between 2000 and 2004. The results show no significant differences in nutritional knowledge and nutritional habits between children and adolescents. Their nutritional knowledge is insignificant. Results show that most young athletes do not know the relative proportions of each of the food groups to include on a healthy plate and do not know the daily fluid recommendations. A large proportion of young athletes, 75.7%, regularly eat breakfast, and 60.0% eat at least five meals a day. They consume water more preferably and more often than sweet drinks. The surveyed athletes are less likely to consume vegetables. The results show that parents and trainers have a significant impact on the nutritional knowledge and nutritional habits of young athletes, so it is important that they are aware of their responsibilities and improve their own nutritional knowledge to help young athletes develop healthy nutritional habits for life.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: nutritional knowladge, nutritional habits, sports nutrition, young athletes
    Number of Pages: 47
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Stojan KostanjevecMentor
    asist. Martina ErjavšekComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=12144201)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 5361
    Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2018 13:20
    Last Modified: 19 Sep 2018 13:20
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/5361

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