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Table 1 Sample Characteristics and Nutrition Education Experience of Division I Basketball players and Coaches

From: Sports nutrition knowledge and perceptions among professional basketball athletes and coaches in Lebanon-a cross-sectional study

  Basket Ball Players   Coaches
Mean ± SD Mean ± SD
Or n (%) Or n (%)
  Total Men Women p-valuea Total
(n = 178) (n = 126) (n = 52) (n = 11)
Socio-demographic factors
Age (years) 27.28 ± 4.42 28.17 ± 4.18 25.13 ± 4.28 0.00 35.73 ± 9.99
Nationality     0.02  
 Lebanese 165(92.7) 121(96.0) 44(84.6)   9(81.8)
 Non-Lebanese 13(7.3) 5(4.0) 8(15.4)   2(18.2)
Academic Major
Majorb     0.90  
 FBAE 76(43.9) 54(43.9) 22(44.0)   5(55.6)
 FNAS 15(8.7) 12(9.8) 3(6.0)  
 FE 23(13.3) 15(12.2) 8(16)  
 FH 36(20.8) 26(21.1) 10(20)   4(44.4)
 FAAD 13(7.5) 9(7.3) 4(8)   
 FLPS 2(1.2) 1(0.8) 1(2)   
 FPh 3(1.7) 3(2.4) 0(0)   
 FNHS 5(2.9) 3(2.4) 2(4)   
Professional Experience
Years of professional basketball playing 6.52 ± 4.20 5.98 ± 3.59 7.81 ± 5.22 0.11 12.36 ± 8.55
Nutrition Education Experience
Any NTR courses takenc     0.51  
 Yes 57(32) 38(30.2) 19(36.5)   4(36.4)
 No 121(68) 88(69.8) 33(63.5)   7(63.6)
NTR courses takenc 1.63 ± 1.95 1.46 ± 0.80 1.95 ± 3.12 0.55 2.00 ± 1.00
Basic NTR courses takenc 1.63 ± 0.70 1.11 ± 0.52 1.39 ± 0.98 0.26 1.33 ± 0.58
Advanced NTR courses takenc 0.45 ± 1.55 0.35 ± 0.92 0.69 ± 2.50 0.50 0.67 ± 0.58
Basic NTR courses with sports NTR component taken c 0.43 ± 0.72 0.35 ± 0.71 0.56 ± 0.73 0.22 1.00 ± 0.00
Advanced NTR courses with sports NTR component takenc 0.23 ± 0.75 0.30 ± 0.88 0.06 ± 0.25 0.24 0.50 ± 0.71
Ever consulted with dietician/nutritionist?     0.00  
 Yes 54(30.3) 25(19.8) 29(55.8)   4(36.4)
 No 124(69.7) 101(80.2) 23(44.2)   7(63.6)
Ever received education on banned supplement?     0.02  
 Yes 52(29.2) 30(23.8) 22(42.3)   6(54.5)
 No 126(70.8) 96(76.2) 30(57.7)   5(45.5)
Dietician/nutritionist ever spoken to team?     0.00  
 Yes 36(20.2) 15(11.9) 21(40.4)   4(36.4)
 No 142(79.8) 111(88.1) 31(59.6)   7(63.6)
If club has a dietician/nutritionist     0.00  
 Yes 8(4.5) 6(4.8) 2(3.8)   0(0)
 No 123(69.1) 77(61.1) 46(88.5)   9(81.8)
 Don’t know 47(26.4) 43(34.1) 4(7.7)   2(18.2)
  1. a Refers to differences between the two sex groups; P-value: < 0.05 = statistical significance
  2. b FBAE Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, FNAS Faculty of Natural Applied Sciences, FE Faculty of Engineering, FH Faculty of Humanities, FAAD Faculty of Architecture Arts and Design, FLPS Faculty of Law and Political Science, FPh Faculty of Pharmacy, FNHS Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences
  3. c NTR: Nutrition