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

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

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Abstract

Objective: To 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)
JournalJournal of American College Health
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Dietitian
  • finances
  • meals
  • nutrition
  • scholarship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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