Exploration of the knowledge and perception of amateur cricketers regarding nutrition and their sporting performance
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background- A lack of previous research into amateur cricketers and their perception of nutrition. Method- To explore the knowledge and perception of the effect sports nutrition has on performance in amateur cricket, based on a cross-sectional questionnaire of amateur cricketers. Results- Found hydration was highly valued across all ages and roles. Likewise pre-match nutrition valued highly. Awareness of general population recommendations was high. Was an increase in participants who read food labeling when aware of recommendations. The majority of participants were confident nutrition would aid their performance. When confident nutrition helped performance participants were more interested in additional information and changing their diet. Conclusions- The importance of both pre-match nutrition and hydration was high at all ages and each role in the team. Amateur cricketers do believe nutrition would aid performance.
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