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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 101-107

Knowledge of Physical Education Students about Nutrition: A Cross-Sectional Study from Palestine

1 Department of Nutrition and Food Technology, Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine
2 Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine
3 Department of Physical Education, Faculty of Educational Sciences and Teachers Training, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine

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Naser Y Shraim
Department of Pharmacy, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijnpnd.ijnpnd_32_18

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Background and Objectives: Nutrition has a key role in achieving optimal performance level in sports. It was noticed that many athletes do not practice the optimum nutrition habits desired for good health and performance. This study aims to examine the nutrition knowledge levels among sport students at An-Najah National University in Palestine and to identify the associated factors that may influence their knowledge levels. Materials and Methods: The study was a cross-sectional observational survey. The questionnaire used in the study included a sociodemographic section and a nutrition knowledge section consisting of 21 questions or statements. The respondent selected from three options: “True,” “False,” or “I do not know.” Kruskal–Wallis and Mann–Whitney tests were conducted to examine the association between selected independent variables and the total score of the nutritional knowledge at alpha <0.05. Results: A total of 249 students were included in the study. A little more than half of the participants were males (136; 54.6%). The mean of the nutrition knowledge score of the students was (11.0 ± 3.1) out of 21 (i.e., 52.4%). The participants’ sport nutrition knowledge association with the studied demographic variables showed that the only significant differences were observed in the students’ academic year and the level of income. Conclusion: The evaluation of nutrition knowledge among sport students at An-Najah National University revealed that the overall nutrition knowledge is insufficient. The result of this study recommends including sport nutrition education course in the program to improve their health, nutritional awareness, and knowledge levels.

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