Nutritional knowledge of UK coaches


Cockburn, E., Fortune, A., Briggs, M. and Rumbold, P. 2014. Nutritional knowledge of UK coaches. Nutrients. 6 (4), pp. 1442-1453.
TitleNutritional knowledge of UK coaches
AuthorsCockburn, E., Fortune, A., Briggs, M. and Rumbold, P.

Athletes obtain nutritional information from their coaches, yet their competency in this area is lacking. Currently, no research exists in the UK which has a different coach education system to many other countries. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate the sports nutrition knowledge of UK coaching certificate (UKCC) level 2 and 3, hockey and netball qualified coaches. All coaches (n = 163) completed a sports nutrition questionnaire to identify: (a) if they provided nutritional advice (b) their level of sport nutrition knowledge; and (c) factors that may have contributed to their level of knowledge. Over half the coaches provided advice to their athletes (n = 93, 57.1%), even though they were not competent to do so. Coaches responded correctly to 60.3 ± 10.5% of all knowledge questions with no differences between those providing advice and those who did not (p > 0.05). Those coaches who had undertaken formal nutrition training achieved higher scores than those who had not (p < 0.05). In conclusion, UK sports coaches would benefit from continued professional development in sports nutrition to enhance their coaching practice.

Research GroupPhysiology at the London Sport Institute
Publication dates
Print10 Apr 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited18 Sep 2015
Accepted28 Mar 2014
Output statusPublished
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