Dietary habits and nutritional knowledge of athletes in Amhara region, North-West Ethiopia
Zelalem Melkamu Tegegne
Athletes who have the knowledge and understanding of how they eat and what they eat and reflect this knowledge to their total daily needs and athletic performances are considered to be more successful in their athletics life. The aim of this study was to survey the eating habits and nutritional knowledge of athletes in Amhara region, with a view to uncovering problems and cultivating desirable dietary habit and nutrition for athletes. The data were collected via questionnaire from 69 athletes (M=25,F=44) 50.14 + 5.43 and 1.59 + .086 with average weight and height respectively. The data was analyzed by using descriptive statistics, viz., frequency, percentage, mean, and standard deviation. Despite all athletes had nutritional knowledge from coaches and their experience, female athletes were practicing better dietary habits than male athletes relatively whereas males had slightly greater nutrition knowledge than female athletes.