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Silvia Sánchez-Díaz1, Diego Marqués-Jiménez2, Daniel Castillo2, José María Izquierdo2, Javier Yanci3, Javier Raya-González4

1European University of Madrid, Department of Education and Humanities, Madrid, Spain
2Universidad de Valladolid, Faculty of Education, Valoración del Rendimiento Deportivo, Actividad Física y Salud y Lesiones Deportivas (REDAFLED), Department of Didactics of Musical, Plastic and Corporal Expression, Soria, Spain
3University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Faculty of Education and Sport, Society, Sports and Physical Exercise Research Group (GIKAFIT), Department of Physical Education and Sport, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
4University of Córdoba, Faculty of Education Sciences and Psychology, Department of Specific

Relationships between Physical Fitness Attributes, Food Habits and Nutritional Knowledge in Youth Basketball Players

Sport Mont 2024, 22(2), 101-107 | DOI: 10.26773/smj.240714


Understanding food habits and nutritional knowledge in youth athletes could contribute to optimal recovery and improving performance in basketball. Therefore, the aim of this study was to assess the relationships between physical fitness, with food habits and nutritional knowledge in basketballers. Twenty-three healthy youth players to the same elite basketball academy participated in this study. Basketballers performed a basketball fitness test battery including jumping tests [countermovement jump (CMJ) and drop jump (DJ)]; 5, 10 and 20 m-linear sprints; change of direction (COD) tests [Lane Agility Drill test and 505 test], and repeated change-of-direction (RCOD) sprint and completed a Turconi questionnaire based on eating habits and nutritional knowledge. While no significant (p>0.05) correlations were found between physical fitness attributes and total score obtained in sections C and H in dietary questionnaire, significant correlations (r=0.606–0.971; large - nearly perfect; p<0.001 – 0.003) were found among jumping, COD, RCOD and LSST tests. These findings suggest that physical performance of youth basketball players is not influenced by their level of dietary behaviors and nutritional knowledge.


associations, nutrition, conditioning, dietary behavior, team sport

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