Anthropometric measurements and nutritional adequacy of elite Sri Lankan volleyball players

Anthropometric measurements and nutritional adequacy of elite Sri Lankan volleyball players

1 Institute of Sports Medicine, Torrington Place, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka

2 Faculty of Medicine, General Sir John Kotalawala Defence University, Ratmalana, Sri Lanka  

3 Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

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     Anthropometric measurements and nutritional adequacy of elite Sri Lankan swimmers.

    V Ganegama Arachchi1, S Wasalathanthri2, P T R Makuloluwa3

    1Institute of Sports Medicine, Torrington Place, Colombo 7.

    2Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo.

    3Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayawardenapura. 

    Introduction 

    Previous research has shown that nutrition plays a significant role in successful sports performance. The objective of this study was to assess anthropometric measurements and nutrient intake in competitive swimmers.

    Method

    The sample consisted of 36 national and international level swimmers. Data were collected 3 months prior to 10th South Asian Games held in Colombo. Dietary history was obtained by the 24 hour dietary recall method using an interviewer administered questionnaire. Nutrient intake was calculated using diet analysis software.  Height, weight and skin fold measurements were taken, BMI and percentage of body fat calculated.  

    Results

    All swimmers except for one male were in the recommended BMI range (18.5-24.9kg/m2). Mean percentage of body fat (mean±SD) was 12.07±3.6 in males and 20.90±5.4 in females. Around 80% of swimmers have consumed ≤50% of the recommended calorie intake. Although none of the swimmers have consumed the recommended amount of proteins, all have consumed between 50-99.9% of the recommended amount. The dietary intake of calcium, riboflavin, thiamin and ascorbic acid were more than the RDA in more than 75% of swimmers but iron intake was adequate only in 47%. 

    Conclusion

    Although iron intake is not satisfactory, the overall results show that the swimmers have chosen nutrient dense foods (foods rich in nutrients when compared to their calorie content). These findings suggest that sports authorities should plan and recommend optimum dietary schedules and appropriate nutritional counseling, and supervise meals in competitive sports personnel.

     

     

     

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    Sports Nutrition