NUTRITIONAL BEHAVIORS OF A GROUP OF CRACOW GRAMMAR-SCHOOL YOUTHS PRACTICING SPORTS
Introduction. A balanced diet helps to improve exercise capacity and optimization of development processes of young athletes.
Objective. Evaluation of eating behaviors within a group of Cracow grammar school students practicing sports in the context of qualitative recommendations of the Swiss nutrition pyramid for people with increased physical activity.
Material and methods. The study was conducted in a group of 220 people, including 120 boys and 100 girls aged 13–15 years, studying in sports-oriented grammar schools in Cracow, practicing volleyball, football and basketball. A validated, authorial questionnaire of eating behaviors was applied, and statistical analysis was performed using a chi-square test in PQStat v.188.8.131.528 program.
Conclusions. Studies have shown insufficient implementation of quality nutritional recommendations for athletes and differentiation of certain dietary behaviors in relation to sex in a group of Cracow grammar school students practicing sports.
Keywords: youth, sportspeople, nutritional behaviors.
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