Paper Type

Doctoral Dissertation


Brooks College of Health

Degree Name

Doctor of Clinical Nutrition (DCN)


Nutrition & Dietetics

NACO controlled Corporate Body

University of North Florida. Department of Nutrition & Dietetics

First Advisor

Dr. Jenifer Ross, DCN, RDN, LDN

Second Advisor

Dr. Andrea Arikawa, PhD, RDN, LDN

Third Advisor

Eileen Myers, MPH, RDN, LDN

Department Chair

Dr. Andrea Arikawa, PhD, RDN, LDN

College Dean

Dr. Mei Zhao, PhD


The primary objective of this study was to determine the impact of a face-to-face nutrition education session on college athletes’ nutrition knowledge and disordered eating attitudes. One hundred and thirteen student athletes attended a 60-minute face to face education session related to sports nutrition and disordered eating, created by a registered dietitian. One hundred and three athletes completed the pre and post surveys to determine nutrition knowledge and disorder eating attitudes. A paired t test determined the sports nutrition knowledge post test scores were higher than the pretest scores (M = 3.92, SE = .86), t (102) = -9.024, p = .000, r = 1.86. Disordered eating attitudes decreased with the post score compared to the pretest score (M = 10.50, SE = .425), t (102) = 2.83, p = .006, r = 1.88. Athletes who have taken a prior nutrition class has significantly higher pretest scores compared to those who did not (M = 3.43, SE = .226), t (100) = -9.054, p = .003, r = 1.82. No significant association was found between participants’ education year and change in nutrition knowledge or disordered eating scores. The findings indicate that a single sports nutrition education session could have an impact on increased nutrition knowledge as well as decrease disordered eating attitudes, however similar studies are needed to confirm.

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