Nutrient timing habits of Division I NCAA athletes
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Published: 21 September 2015
It has been suggested that nutrient timing strategies may augment training adaptations in active populations. However, collegiate athletes are often restricted by practice schedules, class times and training sessions and, as a result, may not follow recommendations on optimal feeding strategies. Therefore, a survey questionnaire, which examined the nutrient timing habits of athletes, was designed and administered at selected Division I Institutions within the United States.
A total of 481 (240 women, 241 men) NCAA Division I athletes representing eleven intercollegiate sports from three universities in three athletic conferences (i.e., Atlantic 10, Atlantic Coast Conference, Conference USA) volunteered to participate as subjects. There were 18 multiple choice questions that addressed nutrient timing habits. The surveys were administered to all athletes during a scheduled training time.
Summary of meal consumption prior to training or competition.
Total % Responses
It appears as though most athletes consumed breakfast regularly throughout the week. In addition the results suggest that athletes are consuming a meal or snack after training and competition despite the fact that only 51% of athletes reported their athletic departments provide post-workout nutrition. However, the majority of athletes also reported feeling hungry prior to training. It is suggested that more proactive strategies may need to be employed to optimize training adaptations.
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