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Table 4 FSNTR and impact of Dietitian/Nutritionist on Diet and Performance among D1B players and Coachesa

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

  Basket Ball Players Coaches
Resource Total Sample n (%)
(n=178)
Men n (%)
(n=126)
Women n (%)
(N=52)
p valueb Total n (%)
(n=11)
p valuec
Statement Agree Neutral Disagree Agree Neutral Disagree Agree Neutral Disagree   Agree Neutral Disagree  
Caffeine has been shown to improve endurance performance (the ability/strength to continue or last) 74(41.6) 83(46.6) 21(11.8) 50(39.7) 66(52.4) 10(7.9) 24(46.2) 17(32.7) 11(21.2) 0.01 5(45.5) 5(45.5) 1(9.1) 1.00
The type of food an athlete eats affects his or her performance 154(86.5) 22(12.4) 2(1.1) 106(84.1) 19(15.1) 1(0.8) 48(92.3) 3(5.8) 1(1.9) 0.16 10(90.9) 1(9.1) - 1.00
Learning about nutrition is not important for athletes because they eat so much food that they always get the nutrients their bodies need 91(51.1) 24(13.5) 63(35.4) 86(68.3) 21(16.7) 19(15.1) 5(9.6) 3(5.8) 44(84.6) 0.00 2(18.2) 1(9.1) 8(72.7) 0.03
Nutritional counseling would be important only to the athlete who is trying to change his or her weight 49(27.5) 54(30.3) 75(42.1) 42(33.3) 49(38.9) 35(27.8) 7(13.5) 5(9.6) 40(76.9) 0.00 1(9.1) 3(27.3) 7(63.6) 0.33
Having a dietitian/nutritionist on my team’s staff does or would help me achieve a healthy diet 121(68.0) 53(29.8) 4(2.2) 75(59.5) 49(38.9) 2(1.6) 46(88.5) 4(7.7) 2(3.8) 0.00 10(90.9) 1(9.1) - 0.36
Having a dietitian/nutritionist on my team’s staff does or would help me improve my athletic performance 117(65.7) 54(30.3) 7(3.9) 75(59.5) 48(38.1) 3(2.4) 42(80.8) 6(11.5) 4(7.7) 0.00 9(81.8) 2(18.2) - 0.68
  1. a FSNTR Feelings towards Sports Nutrition Statements and impact of Dietitian/Nutritionist on Diet and Performance; DIB Division 1 basketball
  2. b refers to differences between the two sex groups; P-value: < 0.05 = statistical significance
  3. c refers to differences between the players and coaches; P-value: < 0.05 = statistical significance