Introduction: Nutritional Status has a direct effect on the physical performance level which is why nutrition in sports is a vital part of sports medicine. And despite the popularity of sports, especially football, there is little consideration of nutritional related research in this field.
Aim: To study the Knowledge, Attitude, and Practices of Nutrition Education in Athletes
Methodology: This observational study was conducted in 101 participants where 56% participants belonged to the football sports from the India RUSH soccer club and 44% belonged to the cricket sports. Participants belonged to the 13-25 years age range and were asked to fill out a questionnaire via google forms in both online and offline methods.
Results: The results showed that Total Knowledge Score was significantly associated with Total Attitude Score whereas Total Knowledge Score had no significant relation to Total Practice Score. When the two sports were compared there was a significant association between the male and females in football sports where the male participant had significantly greater practice scores. The BMI also showed a positive correlation with Total Knowledge and Total Attitude Score; however, no association was found between BMI and Total Practice Score. Majority of the participants did not show consumption of nutritional supplements.
Conclusion: A good nutrition knowledge does not directly determine athletic practice. However, a good nutrition knowledge is associated with a good attitude and has impact on practice in a few aspects.