Date of Award

Fall 12-15-2011

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)




College of Science

First Advisor

Jacquelyn Sgambati


As competition increases, athletes continue to look for ways to gain a competitive edge. A review of the sources reveals that athletes lack nutritional knowledge; this could impair their performance. If athletes were more educated in nutritional knowledge, they would understand the importance of food in fueling one's body. This may dissuade athletes from using unnecessary supplements or ergogenic aids. The purpose of this study is to add to the existing research to determine if Division I collegiate athletes lack nutritional knowledge. To determine this, a dietary behavior and nutritional knowledge questionnaire was conducted with 28 Division I collegiate athletes from Coastal Carolina University's tennis and cross-country teams. The results indicate a lack of knowledge in key areas of nutrition that deal with sport performance. This is important to the field of Exercise and Sport Science because it furthers the evidence that collegiate athletes are not knowledgeable in the area of nutrition. By adding more supportive research, it enhances the idea that nutritional education or nutritional seminars may be an important aspect to add to collegiate athletes training regimen.