Nutritional Knowledge of UK Coaches

Cockburn, Emma, Fortune, Alistair, 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
Uncontrolled Keywords: sport nutrition knowledge, nutrition training, coaching
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2014 08:19
Last Modified: 14 May 2017 18:18
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/16100

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