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Anthropometric characteristics and competition dietary intakes of professional rugby league players

B. L, H. O, F. P, I. C...(+4 more)

International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, vol. 16, issue 2 (2006) pp. 199-213 Published by Human Kinetics Publishers Inc.

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This study aimed to describe the physique characteristics and competition nutrient intake of professional Rugby League players and to assess use of a statistical technique for evaluating validity of dietary reporting. Players (n = 74) were endomorphic mesomorphs and had a mean weight, height, and BMI of 93.4 +/- 10.9 kg, 179.9 +/- 7.3 cm, and 28.5 +/- 2.1 kg/m2 respectively. Mean sum of eight skinfolds was 78.9 +/- 2.2 mm (12.4 +/- 2.9% fat). Players (n = 34) reported a mean daily energy intake of 17,708 +/- 3,688 kJ (carbohydrate 51%, protein 18%, fat 25%, alcohol 4%) with 6 and 2.0 gkg-1d-1 from carbohydrate and protein respectively. Micronutrient intake was adequate but alcohol consumption was high relative to health standards. The dietary records provided a plausible estimate of energy intake however further research is required to evaluate statistical techniques for assessing dietary validity in athlete groups. 2006 Human Kinetics, Inc.

Author-supplied keywords

  • *anthropometry
  • *athlete
  • *dietary intake
  • adult
  • alcohol consumption
  • article
  • body height
  • body mass
  • body weight
  • caloric intake
  • carbohydrate intake
  • evaluation
  • fat intake
  • human
  • male
  • normal human
  • nutrient
  • protein intake
  • rugby
  • skinfold thickness
  • sport
  • statistics
  • trace element

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