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Nutrients 2014, 6(7), 2697-2717; doi:10.3390/nu6072697

Nutrient Intake and Food Habits of Soccer Players: Analyzing the Correlates of Eating Practice

Department of Functional Biology, Area of Physiology, University of Oviedo, Oviedo 33006, Spain
Present address: Diabetes and Obesity Research Laboratory, Institut d'Investigacions Biomediques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS), Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Diabetes y Enfermedades Metabólicas Asociadas (CIBERDEM), Barcelona 08036, Spain
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Received: 10 March 2014 / Revised: 3 June 2014 / Accepted: 1 July 2014 / Published: 18 July 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sport and Performance Nutrition)
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Abstract

Despite the impact and popularity of soccer, and the growing field of soccer-related scientific research, little attention has been devoted to the nutritional intake and eating habits of soccer players. Moreover, the few studies that have addressed this issue suggest that the nutritional intake of soccer players is inadequate, underscoring the need for better adherence to nutritional recommendations and the development and implementation of nutrition education programs. The objective of these programs would be to promote healthy eating habits for male and female soccer players of all ages to optimize performance and provide health benefits that last beyond the end of a player’s career. To date, no well-designed nutrition education program has been implemented for soccer players. The design and implementation of such an intervention requires a priori knowledge of nutritional intake and other correlates of food selection, such as food preferences and the influence of field position on nutrient intake, as well as detailed analysis of nutritional intake on match days, on which little data is available. Our aim is to provide an up-to-date overview of the nutritional intake, eating habits, and correlates of eating practice of soccer players. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy and macronutrient intake; soccer; eating practice; nutrition education energy and macronutrient intake; soccer; eating practice; nutrition education
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García-Rovés, P.M.; García-Zapico, P.; Patterson, Á.M.; Iglesias-Gutiérrez, E. Nutrient Intake and Food Habits of Soccer Players: Analyzing the Correlates of Eating Practice. Nutrients 2014, 6, 2697-2717.

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