Impact of Dietary Counseling on the Anthropometric Indices, Biochemical Profile, and Sports Performance of Adolescent Badminton Players
Arpana Indoria1* and Nimali Singh2
1Research Scholar and Department of Home Science, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India
2Associate Professor and Department of Home Science, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India
*Corresponding Author: Arpana Indoria, Research Scholar and Department of Home Science, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India.
July 03, 2021; Published: August 06, 2021
Introduction: Athlete and their coaches should pay specific attention to nutrition because diet is an imperative part of sports performance. Adequate nutrition provides the body compensation for improved energy loss and dietary needs and supports supreme adaptation to physical load. Sports performance and exhaustion acquired by adolescent athletes during aerobic training that reliant on carbohydrate stores in the body and carbohydrate needs during the physical session.
Aim: To study the impact of dietary counseling on anthropometric indices, biochemical profile, and sports performance of adolescent badminton players in the age group 10 - 12 years.
Methodology: The present study was conducted at a Badminton Academy. Sixty adolescent athletes participated in 12-week intervention program. Students were purposively selected in to control group (n = 60) and Badminton group (n = 60). Anthropometry measurements were recorded, and biochemical estimations were carried out. Intervention was carried out through counseling, using IEC material, discussions and sharing of healthy recipes. The children were also given one to one counseling on importance of nutrition, hydration, and impact of meals prior to an event, during event and post event and its role in sport performance. Physical fitness test consisting of endurance, flexibility, shuttle run test, agility, leg rising, crunches, zig-zag run and speed were assessed at pre and post intervention.
Results: The results indicate that there was a significant improvement in weight, height, and waist to hip ratio of badminton players. There was also a significant improvement in the biochemical parameters such as hemoglobin and serum calcium, the vitamin D status also improved but the change was found to be statistically non-significant. Physical fitness parameters were also improved including flexibility, speed and 50-yard desk among adolescent.
Conclusion: The study indicates that intervention through nutrition counseling positively improved anthropometric indices and biochemical profile and physical fitness score of children. These finding suggest that fitness program with sports performance test would be more effective and encourage physical fitness among adolescents.
Keywords:Physical Activity; Flexibility; Speed; Nutrition; Hemoglobin
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