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Nutritional Knowledge of UK Coaches

London Sport Institute, Middlesex University, London NW4 4BT, UK
Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Northumbria University, Tyne and Wear NE1 8ST, UK
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Nutrients 2014, 6(4), 1442-1453;
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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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: sport nutrition knowledge; nutrition training; coaching sport nutrition knowledge; nutrition training; coaching

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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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