Nutritional practices of athletes in Oman: A descriptive study

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Abstract

Objective: Adequate dietary intake is crucial for optimum training and performance of athletes.There is almost no available information related to dietary practices among Omani athletes, especially during the competition. This study aimed to assess the nutritional practices (nutritional knowledge, eating habits and daily nutrients intake) among Omani male handball athletes in Muscat city, Oman. Methods: This is a cross sectional study including 35 male handball athletes involved in serious training for no less than three years. Data collection was done through personal interviews using a study questionnaire which enlisted questions relating to sociodemographic information, anthropometric measurements and nutritional practices. All the study participants declared no intake of anabolic steroids. Results: The mean age of the study participants was 27 ± 3 years. Their anthropometric assessment revealed that their mean height was 166 ± 12 cm, mean weight was 75 ± 10 kg, and body mass index was 27 ± 3. Nutritional knowledge analysis revealed that 80% had no nutritional supervision by a nutritionist/dietitian. Their knowledge of nutritional requirements was only 23% correct for total energy intake, 63% for protein intake, 46% for carbohydrate intake, 11% for fat intake and 83% for water intake. Eating habits indicated that 55% had

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)360-364
Number of pages5
JournalOman Medical Journal
Volume28
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Keywords

  • Athletes
  • Dietary intake
  • Nutritional knowledge
  • Oman

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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