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Nutrition Knowledge of Collegiate Athletes in the United States and the Impact of Sports Dietitians on Related Outcomes: A Narrative Review

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Department of Education and Human Development, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA
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Department of Nutrition, Dietetics, and Hospitality Management, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849, USA
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Advent Health, Tampa, FL 33613, USA
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Academic Editors: Andrew Jagim and David C. Nieman
Nutrients 2021, 13(6), 1772; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13061772
Received: 20 April 2021 / Revised: 11 May 2021 / Accepted: 19 May 2021 / Published: 22 May 2021
In the last decade, the number of full-time registered dietitians (RDs) serving intercollegiate athletes in the United States has more than quadrupled. However, many student athletes may be at increased risk of nutrition-related problems that impact physical and academic performance, which include inadequate macronutrients, inadequate micronutrients, and excessive macronutrients. This narrative review reports the current literature to date on nutrition-related knowledge in collegiate athletes and the impact of sports RDs on student athletes’ nutrition knowledge and behaviors. To date, only observational and quasi-experimental studies have been published with regard to changes in nutrition knowledge and behaviors in NCAA athletes. While these studies report benefits of the RD as a member of the interdisciplinary student athlete support team, more well-designed randomized control trials are warranted to determine benefits related to health outcomes and sport-specific performance outcomes. View Full-Text
Keywords: student athlete; sports nutrition; sports dietitian; college athletics student athlete; sports nutrition; sports dietitian; college athletics
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Riviere, A.J.; Leach, R.; Mann, H.; Robinson, S.; Burnett, D.O.; Babu, J.R.; Frugé, A.D. Nutrition Knowledge of Collegiate Athletes in the United States and the Impact of Sports Dietitians on Related Outcomes: A Narrative Review. Nutrients 2021, 13, 1772. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13061772

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Riviere AJ, Leach R, Mann H, Robinson S, Burnett DO, Babu JR, Frugé AD. Nutrition Knowledge of Collegiate Athletes in the United States and the Impact of Sports Dietitians on Related Outcomes: A Narrative Review. Nutrients. 2021; 13(6):1772. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13061772

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Riviere, Aaron J., Rae Leach, Haleigh Mann, Samuel Robinson, Donna O. Burnett, Jeganathan R. Babu, and Andrew D. Frugé 2021. "Nutrition Knowledge of Collegiate Athletes in the United States and the Impact of Sports Dietitians on Related Outcomes: A Narrative Review" Nutrients 13, no. 6: 1772. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13061772

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