Evaluation of dietary practices of National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I football players

Constance R. Cole, George F. Salvaterra, Joseph E. Davis, Marianne E. Borja, Loreen M. Powell, Elizabeth C. Dubbs, Peter L. Bordi

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Abstract

The objective of this study is to evaluate the dietary practices of 28 football athletes on a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I team using 3-day diet records. Student athletes completed 3-day diet records at 2 individual points of time, when no training table was available. Diet records were evaluated and were compared with the Third National Health and Nutrition Survey (NHANES III) data for the same ages and gender group. No differences in dietary practices of collegiate football athletes were observed when compared with data for the same ages and gender group culled from NHANES III. Inadequacies in energy intake for activity level were signif-icant (p < 0.05). Influences of fad dieting trends were noted when the diets were mapped onto the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) food guide pyramid. Changes in diet would be necessary to sustain the activity level of these athletes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)490-494
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of strength and conditioning research
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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