Nutritional knowledge of UK coaches

Cockburn, Emma and Fortune, Alistair and Briggs, Marc and Rumbold, Penny (2014) Nutritional knowledge of UK coaches. Nutrients, 6 (4). pp. 1442-1453. ISSN 2072-6643

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > London Sport Institute > Physiology at the London Sport Institute
Item ID: 17551
Depositing User: Emma Cockburn
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2015 09:19
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2017 14:24
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/17551

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