Term of Award

Fall 2004

Degree Name

Master of Science in Kinesiology (M.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Department

Department of Health and Kinesiology

Committee Chair

Drew Zwald

Committee Member 1

Barry Joyner

Committee Member 2

James McMillan

Abstract

This study was designed to discover sports nutrition knowledge that strength and conditioning coaches held and the tendencies and types of sports nutrition programs that were provided by Division I and Division II strength and conditioning coaches. Frequencies were used to analyze the data reported by the coaches surveyed. Because of a low return rate (12.7%) the differences between Division I and Division II strength and conditioning coaches were not analyzed. The results indicated that strength and conditioning coaches were using correct sports nutrition information sources including utilizing Registered Dieticians and Licensed Nutritionists, however coaches reported not continuing to educate themselves in a timely fashion. The results also indicated strength and conditioning coaches held correct knowledge in sports nutrition and their recommendation fell within the recommendations given by sports nutrition authorities. Coaches reported using a cafeteria (54.4%) for a training table the most and only three main sports were reported the most for participating in a training table (football, men’s basketball, women’s volleyball). Further investigation into the sports nutrition programs found that there was a lack of coach-to-athlete involvement in follow up meetings for information on the athletes nutrition.

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