Dietary Intakes and Nutritional Status of a Greek Team of Female Volleyball Players

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Galanis N., Kleftouris G., Alafropatis İ., Oral O. , Tsiridis E., Sayegh F.

Arab Journal of Nutrition and Exercise, cilt.1, ss.1-14, 2016 (Diğer Kurumların Hakemli Dergileri)

  • Cilt numarası: 1 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2016
  • Doi Numarası: 10.18502/ajne.v1i1.1219
  • Dergi Adı: Arab Journal of Nutrition and Exercise
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.1-14


Aim: The purpose of this study was to assess the dietary intakes and nutritional

status of a nationally ranked team of female volleyball players. Methods: The

subjects completed a general history questionnaire and 7-day food and physical

activity records. Anthropometric measurements included height, weight, triceps and

subscapular skinfolds and mid-upper-arm circumference. Biochemical assessment

included parameters for protein, lipid, and iron status. Results: All subjects had normal

menstrual cycles and body fat values (27 %) at levels higher than for optimum

performance. Most were in negative energy balance and had low energy (30

kcal/kg/d), carbohydrate (3.8 g/kg/d) and protein (1.0 g/kg/d) intakes. Fat intakes

were high (39 %) and micronutrient intakes were below recommended levels, except

for vitamin C, vitamin B12 and niacin. Biochemical indices were normal except for iron

and lipid status of some players. Conclusion: These results indicate that the players

of this team have dietary intakes that place them at risk for nutritional shortages and

compromised performance; they need professional counseling regarding nutrition

practices for optimum health and performance.