Term of Award

Spring 2014

Degree Name

Master of Science in Kinesiology (M.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
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Department of Health and Kinesiology

Committee Chair

Amy-Jo Riggs

Committee Member 1

Brandonn Harris

Committee Member 2

Kristina Kendall


Over the past few decades, the topic of nutrition has become increasingly popular in the sports industry. More athletes and sports professionals are realizing the effect that proper nutrition has on athletic performance. With inadequate nutrition knowledge, athletes can negatively impact their health, as well as hinder performance and recovery. Past research has surveyed athletes and sports professionals on basic nutrition understanding. Results have shown that, as a generalized sample, participants have inadequate nutrition knowledge, scoring p=.156), between athletes and staff (p=.062), based on where athletes receive nutrition information (p=.063), based on the staff’s years of work experience (p=.189), and based on previous nutrition education in the staff (p=.062). However, results found significant differences in nutrition knowledge scores between professional titles (p=.014) and based on previous nutrition education in athletes (p