Authors: Paula Mihaela Oniță, Oana Anamaria Moldovan, Roxana Maria Martin-Hadmaș
Community Nutrition and Food Safety Department, “George Emil Palade” University of Medicine, Pharmacy, Science, and Technology of Targu Mures, Romania
Background. International scientific papers have often analyzed the nutrition imbalances in tennis players. The study of sports nutrition has advanced significantly in recent years thanks to numerous innovations. Despite the fact that research on sports nutrition has evolved, the majority of new studies are still conducted on team sports.
Aims. The aim of this study was to analyze the eating patterns on a group of athletes and compare their dietary consumption to data from specialized literature.
Methods. An observational study was conducted over 4 months. Food ingestion was calculated using the USDA Nutritional values and all the tennis players had to go through anthropometric measurements and had to provide a food journal for 3 consecutive days.
Results. The reported ingestion of the tennis players was extremely low compared to the nutritional needs of professional tennis players.
Conclusions. Athletes are facing a very high risk of injuries and are minimizing their competitive level because of inappropriate fuelling.
Keywords: women athlete, nutrition, tennis, sports.