Comparative micronutrient adequacy of elite Australian surf lifesavers and non-athlete age-matched young adults

Gemma Zanardo, Deb Agnew, Jose Antonio, Kathryn Jackson

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Abstract

This observational study investigated dietary micronutrient intakes among Australian Surf-lifesaver athletes (Lifeguards). These athletes regularly compete in elite, high intensity surf sports throughout Summer. In order to achieve and maintain power-to-weight ratios conducive to strength and speed, many competitors restrict their dietary intakes, increasing their risk of micronutrient deficiencies. The sequelae of micronutrient deficiencies include poor sports performance and increased risk of low bone mineral density (BMD) and stress fractures. Supplement intakes were also investigated, to determine whether nutritional adequacy was met through supplements if dietary intakes were inadequate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-9
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of international society of sports nutrition
Volume15
Issue numbersupplement issue 1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018
EventFifteenth International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN) Conference and Expo - Clearwater Beach, Florida, United States
Duration: 7 Jun 20189 Jun 2018

Keywords

  • micronutrients
  • surf-lifesaver athletes
  • Australia
  • dietary intake restriction
  • dietary intake inadequacies
  • young adults
  • nutrition education

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