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Nutrients 2012, 4(6), 506-516; doi:10.3390/nu4060506
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Nutrition Education by a Registered Dietitian Improves Dietary Intake and Nutrition Knowledge of a NCAA Female Volleyball Team

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Nutrition and Hospitality Management, University of Mississippi, 222 Lenoir Hall, University, MS 38677, USA
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Received: 23 April 2012 / Revised: 30 May 2012 / Accepted: 5 June 2012 / Published: 8 June 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Sports Nutrition)
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Abstract

Eleven female participants from a NCAA Division I volleyball team were evaluated for adequate energy and macronutrient intake during two off-seasons. Total energy and macronutrient intake were assessed by food records and results were compared against estimated needs using the Nelson equation. Dietary intervention was employed regarding the individual dietary needs of each athlete as well as a pre- and post-sports nutrition knowledge survey. Post dietary intervention, total energy, and macronutrient intake improved, as well as a significant improvement in sports nutrition knowledge (p < 0.001). Nutrition education is useful in improving dietary intake and nutrition knowledge of female athletes.
Keywords: female; athletes; energy; carbohydrate; nutrition; knowledge female; athletes; energy; carbohydrate; nutrition; knowledge
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Valliant, M.W.; Pittman Emplaincourt, H.; Kieckhaefer Wenzel, R.; Garner, B.H. Nutrition Education by a Registered Dietitian Improves Dietary Intake and Nutrition Knowledge of a NCAA Female Volleyball Team. Nutrients 2012, 4, 506-516.

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