Date of Award
Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project
Mr. Jacob Roark
Honors Program Director
Dr. Gavin Keulks
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.
Cameron, Juliana Marlaine, "Preparing for the Game, Eating for Life: A Review of the Female Athlete Triad and Nutrition Deficiencies Amongst High Level Athletes" (2021). Honors Senior Theses/Projects. 241.