NUTRITIONAL BEHAVIORS OF A GROUP OF BOYS AGED 10–13 PRACTICING BASKETBALL, DEPENDING ON THEIR MOTHERS EDUCATION LEVEL
Introduction. A high nutritional density diet facilitates the optimization of development processes and functional capacity of children and young people engaged in sports. Nutritional habits of children and young people are formed in a family environment.
Objective. Evaluating the frequency of consumption of selected product groups in a group of boys aged 10–13 years, practicing basketball, depending on the level of education of their mothers.
Material and methods. The study was conducted in a group of 108 boys aged 10–13 years, practicing basketball. The mothers of those boys completed education levels: university (75 %) and high-school (25 %). An authorial, validated questionnaire of frequency of consumption of groups of products was utilized, with the following scale: every day, several times a week, once a week, once a month, rarely and never. For the purposes of statistical analysis, the Mann-Whitney U test was used, with the PQStat v. 22.214.171.1248 program.
Conclusions. Irregularities have been shown in the diet of boys aged 9–13 years old, practicing basketball, with a tendency to adopt more sustainable food choices in boys whose mothers possessed higher education.
Keywords: young athletes, nutritional behaviors, level of education of mothers, basketball.
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