Nutrition and Elite Kenyan Athletes
Nutrition Knowledge, Dietary Intake and Nutritional Status of Elite Kenyan Athletes
Kenyan athletes are renowned the World over for their outstanding performance in middle and long distance races.
Sometimes the performance of some athletes has been impaired by injuries possibly traceable to nutritional deficiency.
This study was therefore designed to assess the nutrition knowledge, nutritional status and dietary intake of energy, protein, iron and calcium of a selected group of elite Kenyan athletes.
In conclusion the nutritional knowledge possessed by the athletes was low, their nutritional status was poor and their dietary intake of the essential nutrients especially carbohydrates, protein, calcium and iron was below the recommended.
Kibata is a Lecturer in the Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Karatina University.
She holds a MSc.
degree in Applied Human Nutrition from the University of Nairobi and a BEd.
degree from Kenyatta University.
She has specialised in sports nutrition and is looking to pursue PhD studies in sports nutrition and tourism in Kenya.