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Do Image-Assisted Mobile Applications Improve Dietary Habits, Knowledge, and Behaviours in Elite Athletes? A Pilot Study

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Discipline of Nutrition and Dietetics, FM & HS, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
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School of Life and Environmental Services, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales 2006, Australia
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High Performance Sport, AUT Millenium, Auckland 0632, New Zealand
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Sports 2017, 5(3), 60; https://doi.org/10.3390/sports5030060
Received: 7 July 2017 / Revised: 24 July 2017 / Accepted: 7 August 2017 / Published: 11 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Clinical and Sports Nutrition)
To date, there has been a paucity of research on optimal ways to educate and promote dietary behavioural change within athletes. Optimising athlete nutrition is fundamental to reaching peak performance and maintaining athlete wellbeing. MealLogger® is a smartphone application that incorporates the use of an image-based food record and social-media functionality to provide in-application personalised feedback to individuals or groups, peer-support, and a platform to deliver nutrition education material. This study measured the feasibility of MealLogger® within New Zealand elite male field hockey players (n = 17) aged 18–20 to increase athlete knowledge and nutrition promoting behaviours. During a six-week intervention, participants were instructed to log images of their meals three days per week and they received individualised dietetic feedback on logged meals. Weekly nutrition-education fact-sheets and videos were delivered through the application. Nutrition knowledge increased moderately from baseline (%Pre 54.7 ± 14.3; %Post 61.1 ± 11.45, p = 0.01). Participants report a highly positive experience of application use (8/10) with 82.3% attempting to make positive changes in dietary behaviours based on in-app education. All participants preferred this method to traditional methods of dietary analysis. Using image-based applications such as MealLogger® is an effective approach to monitor dietary intake and deliver education to optimise the nutritional behaviours of elite athletes. View Full-Text
Keywords: athlete; nutrition; m-health; sport; food-diary athlete; nutrition; m-health; sport; food-diary
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Simpson, A.; Gemming, L.; Baker, D.; Braakhuis, A. Do Image-Assisted Mobile Applications Improve Dietary Habits, Knowledge, and Behaviours in Elite Athletes? A Pilot Study. Sports 2017, 5, 60. https://doi.org/10.3390/sports5030060

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Simpson A, Gemming L, Baker D, Braakhuis A. Do Image-Assisted Mobile Applications Improve Dietary Habits, Knowledge, and Behaviours in Elite Athletes? A Pilot Study. Sports. 2017; 5(3):60. https://doi.org/10.3390/sports5030060

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Simpson, Anne; Gemming, Luke; Baker, Dane; Braakhuis, Andrea. 2017. "Do Image-Assisted Mobile Applications Improve Dietary Habits, Knowledge, and Behaviours in Elite Athletes? A Pilot Study" Sports 5, no. 3: 60. https://doi.org/10.3390/sports5030060

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