Funding and college-provided nutritional resources on diet quality among female athletes

Kaila A. Vento, Ferdinand Delgado, Jensen Skinner, Floris C. Wardenaar

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Abstract

ObjectiveTo examine funding and college-provided nutritional resources and to assess whether these are associated with diet quality and subsequent dietitian referral among female collegiate athletes of different sports levels. Participants: Female athletes (N = 120) from NCAA, NJCAA, and Club sports. Methods: Differences in questionnaire-based demographics, diet quality, and dietitian referrals were analyzed using Kruskal-Wallis and Chi-Square tests, with p < 0.05. Factors associated with diet quality and dietitian referral were examined using regression. Results: NCAA reported more funding than Club and NJCAA (p < 0.05). NJCAA expressed insufficient funds for purchasing food and reported fewer college-provided nutritional resources (p < 0.05) while showing lower diet quality scores and higher subsequent dietitian referrals than NCAA and Club. No significant associations for dietary quality and dietitian referrals were found. Conclusions: Athletes across all sports levels reported insufficient funds for purchasing food and low diet quality, with NJCAA, showing the least funding and fewest nutritional resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1732-1739
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of American College Health
Volume71
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

Keywords

  • Dietitian
  • finances
  • meals
  • nutrition
  • scholarship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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