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Nutrients 2014, 6(4), 1442-1453; doi:10.3390/nu6041442

Nutritional Knowledge of UK Coaches

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London Sport Institute, Middlesex University, London NW4 4BT, UK
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Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Northumbria University, Tyne and Wear NE1 8ST, UK
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Received: 28 February 2014 / Revised: 24 March 2014 / Accepted: 28 March 2014 / Published: 10 April 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sport and Performance Nutrition)
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Abstract

Athletes 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.
Keywords: sport nutrition knowledge; nutrition training; coaching sport nutrition knowledge; nutrition training; coaching
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Cockburn, E.; Fortune, A.; Briggs, M.; Rumbold, P. Nutritional Knowledge of UK Coaches. Nutrients 2014, 6, 1442-1453.

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