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Krystle E. Zuniga, Darcy L. Downey, Ryan McCluskey and Carley Rivers

The majority of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) programs do not have a sports nutritionist, leaving athletes to gather information from resources that vary in reputability. The objective of this study was to identify a need for the development of accessible and reputable resources of nutrition information by assessing the current use of nutrition information resources, dietary habits, and sports nutrition knowledge among Division I collegiate athletes. Seventy-two athletes across eight sports completed questionnaires concerning nutrition resources used, dietary habits, and sports nutrition knowledge. In addition, interest levels in a mobile device application for delivery of nutrition information and tools were assessed. Primary sources for nutrition information included parents and family, athletic trainers (AT), and the internet/media, and athletes felt most comfortable discussing nutrition with parents and family, ATs, and strength and conditioning specialists. Performance on a sports nutrition knowledge questionnaire indicated a general lack of nutrition knowledge, and the high frequency of “unsure” responses suggested a lack of confidence in nutrition knowledge. Athletes conveyed a high likelihood that they would use a mobile device application as a nutrition resource, but were more interested in access to nutrition topics than tools such as a food log. We found that college athletes possess minimal sports nutrition knowledge, obtain nutrition information from nonprofessional resources, and were interested in utilizing a mobile device application as a resource. Further research is needed to explore the feasibility and effectiveness of alternative resources, such as a mobile device application, to deliver nutrition information and improve nutrition knowledge.

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Gina L. Trakman, Adrienne Forsyth, Kane Middleton, Russell Hoye, Sarah Jenner, Stephen Keenan and Regina Belski

. Compared with traditional education programs, computer-generated nutrition education programs are more likely to be read and remembered and may also improve motivation to change ( Brug et al., 1999 ). Mobile device applications are also viable options that have previously been endorsed by American college

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Hani Kopetschny, David Rowlands, David Popovich and Jasmine Thomson

. , McClusky , R. , & Rivers , C. ( 2017 ). Need for and interest in a sports nutrition mobile device application among Division 1 collegiate athletes . International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, 27 ( 1 ), 43 – 49 . PubMed doi:10.1123/ijsnem.2015-0305 10.1123/ijsnem.2015-0305

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Bridget Ellen Philippa Bourke, Dane Francis Baker and Andrea Jane Braakhuis

Economics of Food , Montreal, Canada . Zuniga , K.E. , Downey , D.L. , McCluskey , R. , & Rivers , C.A. ( 2017 ). Need for and interest in a sports nutrition mobile device application among Division I collegiate athletes . International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, 27 ( 1