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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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Yoshifumi Kijima, Ryoji Kiyama, Masaki Sekine, Toshiyo Tamura, Toshiro Fujimoto, Tetsuo Maeda and Tadasu Ohshige

.09.008 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2013.09.008 Krause , D.A. , Boyd , M.S. , Hager , A.N. , Smoyer , E.C. , Thompson , A.T. , & Hollman , J.H. ( 2015 ). Reliability and accuracy of a goniometer mobile device application for video measurement of the functional movement screen deep squat test

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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

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Koren L. Fisher, Bruce A. Reeder, Elizabeth L. Harrison, Brenda G. Bruner, Nigel L. Ashworth, Punam Pahwa, Nazmi Sari, M. Suzanne Sheppard, Christopher A. Shields and Karen E. Chad

), 635 – 642 . PubMed ID: 19641843 doi:10.1007/s00392-009-0049-6 10.1007/s00392-009-0049-6 King , A.C. , Hekler , E.B. , Grieco , L.A. , Winter , S.J. , Sheats , J.L. , Buman , M.P. , & Cirimele , J. ( 2016 ). Effects of motivationally targeted mobile device applications on initial

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Steriani Elavsky, Lenka Knapova, Adam Klocek and David Smahel

of three motivationally targeted mobile device applications on initial physical activity and sedentary behavior change in midlife and older adults: A randomized trial . PLoS ONE, 11 ( 6 ), e0156370 . PubMed ID: 27352250 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0156370 10.1371/journal.pone.0156370 Knight , E