Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

Spring 2021

Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project

Department

Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Mr. Jacob Roark

Honors Program Director

Dr. Gavin Keulks

Abstract

In recent years, nutrition has become a topic of extensive discussion. There are books, blogs, television segments and more; the list goes on and on. Each individual has an opinion, perspective, diet, or goal. We all need to eat to fuel our bodies for everyday activities. This is an important concept for everyone to understand, but essential for athletes. To meet the high physical demands, athletes must feed themselves in a way that best fuels their bodies to perform. As a volleyball athlete, I have experienced firsthand the difficulty of developing sustainable eating habits. Female athletes are not only trying to perform athletically, but many also deal with social pressures and body image. In my own experience as a player and coach, volleyball-specific nutrition information is not easily accessible to anyone, especially young players. Without correct information, girls are more likely to develop unhealthy habits. To better understand the proper eating habits necessary for female athletes, we must investigate the barriers and consequences of inadequate nutrition. Resources must become available for athletes and coaches, to promote and develop eating behaviors that are sustainable, which will result in higher performance and better overall health. By examining proper volleyball nutrition and various barriers to implementation, this paper contributes to the larger discussion of health and sports nutrition.

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