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Nutritional Knowledge of UK Coaches
AbstractAthletes obtain nutritional information from their coaches, yet their competency in this area is lacking. Currently, no research exists in the UK which has a different coach education system to many other countries. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate the sports nutrition knowledge of UK coaching certificate (UKCC) level 2 and 3, hockey and netball qualified coaches. All coaches (n = 163) completed a sports nutrition questionnaire to identify: (a) if they provided nutritional advice; (b) their level of sport nutrition knowledge; and (c) factors that may have contributed to their level of knowledge. Over half the coaches provided advice to their athletes (n = 93, 57.1%), even though they were not competent to do so. Coaches responded correctly to 60.3 ± 10.5% of all knowledge questions with no differences between those providing advice and those who did not (p > 0.05). Those coaches who had undertaken formal nutrition training achieved higher scores than those who had not (p < 0.05). In conclusion, UK sports coaches would benefit from continued professional development in sports nutrition to enhance their coaching practice.
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Cockburn, E.; Fortune, A.; Briggs, M.; Rumbold, P. Nutritional Knowledge of UK Coaches. Nutrients 2014, 6, 1442-1453.View more citation formats
Cockburn E, Fortune A, Briggs M, Rumbold P. Nutritional Knowledge of UK Coaches. Nutrients. 2014; 6(4):1442-1453.Chicago/Turabian Style
Cockburn, Emma; Fortune, Alistair; Briggs, Marc; Rumbold, Penny. 2014. "Nutritional Knowledge of UK Coaches." Nutrients 6, no. 4: 1442-1453.