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Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Thesis: EWU Only

Department

Physical Education, Health and Recreation

Abstract

"Much research has reported that female collegiate athletes eat poorly. The purpose of this study was to (1) investigate if there was a difference in macronutrient intake between collegiate female soccer players based on the intervention of registered dietician facilitated nutritional sessions and (2) investigate the athlete's nutritional intake in comparison to AMDR and relative macronutrient recommendations. Female players were recruited from two collegiate soccer teams and placed in either the experimental group or the control group. The intervention was given to the experimental group and was administered by a registered dietician. The participants recorded their nutrient intake on a mobile application, MyFitnessPal[trademark] every day of the week for six weeks. Repeated measures analysis of variance was ran to determine the any difference between the two groups over time for the macronutrients investigated. There was no significant difference was found between the groups and carbohydrates (F(2,38) = 3.049, p=.06), protein (F(2,39) = .921, p=.408), and fat (F(2,44) = 1.209, p=.313). Further investigation into the data showed in reference to the AMDR the participants fell within their recommended ranges; carbohydrates 45-65%, protein10-35% and fat 20-35%. However, their caloric intake overall fell below 2,100 calories on average. The participant's data was investigated in reference to their relative nutrient recommendations and results showed none of the participants met their recommendations for carbohydrates (7-10g/kg) and 27% met their recommendations for protein (1.2-1.4g/kg). Therefore, although there was no significant support that the registered dietician had an effect on the nutrient intake of the participants, results do show support for the current literature that articulates the insufficient nutritional intake of female collegiate athletes"--Leaf iv.

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