Exploring sports nutritionists’ and players’ perspectives of nutrition practice within English professional football during the COVID-19 pandemic

Carter, Jennie L. and Kelly, Adam L. and Williams, Rachel A. and Ford, Tom J. and Cole, Matthew (2021) Exploring sports nutritionists’ and players’ perspectives of nutrition practice within English professional football during the COVID-19 pandemic. Science and Medicine in Football. pp. 1-6. ISSN 2473-3938

[img] Text
Exploring sports nutritionists’ and players’ perspectives of nutrition practice.pdf - Accepted Version
Restricted to Repository staff only until 27 September 2022.
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial.

Download (257kB) | Request a copy

Abstract

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the subsequent suspension of all football-related activity, caused significant disruption to the daily habits of professional football players and support staff. Even when the most severe restrictions were lifted, strict control measures remained in place which likely continued to impact upon nutrition support and intake of players. Thus, this study aimed to understand how restrictions impacted upon nutrition support within professional football, as well as identify how these experiences could inform future practice. Interviews were conducted with twelve sports nutritionists and twelve male professional football players to explore their perspectives of nutrition provision during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thematic analysis indicated three common outcomes: (a) Sub-optimal Nutrition Provision; (b) Reduction in Time with or Access to Players, and; (c) Adaption of Nutrition Practice and/or Dietary Habits. In sum, football clubs should consider the immediate and short-term impact of COVID-19 restrictive measures as players’ transition back to normality. Specifically, clubs should provide sports nutritionists with greater capacity to control the nutrition provision, including portion size and food quality. Looking ahead, sports nutritionists are encouraged to reflect upon the novel opportunities that have emerged and consider how these may enhance long-term practice.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/24733938.2021.1984559
Date: 27 September 2021
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nutrition support, Covid-19 pandemic, lockdown, sports nutritionists, football
Subjects: CAH03 - biological and sport sciences > CAH03-02 - sport and exercise sciences > CAH03-02-01 - sport and exercise sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Life and Sport Sciences (C-LASS)
Depositing User: Matthew Cole
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2021 13:50
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2021 13:50
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12219

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Research

In this section...