A comparison of body composition, macronutrient and energy intake between female field hockey players from schoolgirl and university populations
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The purpose of this study was to compare the body composition and dietary intake of female university students and schoolgirls, from a field hockey playing population. Forty-two university students (r=23) and schoolgirls (n:19) gave their informed consent to participate in this study. The stature, body mass and the sum of three skinfolds were collected and percentage body fat. Dietary intake data was collected over a period of three days, including a match day and a training day. The results of the dietary diary were assessed using a computerised nutritional prograrnme, giving information on mean kcal, carbohydrate, fat, protein and alcohol intake. Training amounts per week was also recorded for each subject. Results revealed no significant differences between the two sample groups for kcal intake, carbohydrate intake, fat intake, protein intake, training amounts or body fatness. The only variable producing a significant difference between the students (147.87 + 157.54) and schoolgirls (12.73 + 36.74) was the amount of alcohol consumed.
BSc (Hons) Sport, PE and Recreation
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