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THE EFFECT OF A NUTRITION EDUCATION PROGRAM ON NUTRITION KNOWLEDGE, DIETARY INTAKE, BODY COMPOSITION AND PERCEIVED SPORT PERFORMANCE AMONG HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES
Nutrition knowledge, dietary intake, body composition and perceived sport performance were measured before and after an eight week nutrition intervention. The sample consisted of eleven male high school football athletes aged 14-18 years old. Baseline nutrition knowledge was higher than anticipated but fruit and vegetable intake was low. As a result of the nutrition intervention, vegetable intake improved from 0.94 servings per day to 2.02 servings per day (p=0.02). Of the eleven subjects in the study, eleven conceded to both performing and feeling better as a result of the nutrition intervention. The present study suggests that a nutrition intervention can improve dietary intake and perceived sport performance among adolescent athletes.
KEYWORDS: Adolescent Athletes, Sport Performance, Nutrition Knowledge, Dietary
Intake, Nutrition Education Program