Revista Brasileira de Medicina do Esporte
Print version ISSN 1517-8692
ALMEIDA, Tania Abreu de and SOARES, Eliane Abreu. Nutritional and anthropometric profile of adolescent volleyball athletes. Rev Bras Med Esporte [online]. 2003, vol.9, n.4, pp. 198-203. ISSN 1517-8692. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1517-86922003000400002.
Women's participation in volleyball began in 1928. In 1944, the first Brazilian volleyball championship happened. Flexibility, strength, power, agility and aerobic fitness are all necessary to be a master in this sport. Women's participation in sport activity has increased. However, there are only a few studies in Brazil about nutrition assessment, especially amongst female volleyball players. Therefore, the aim of this study is to assess the dietetic and anthropometric profiles of 25 female adolescent volleyball players of Rio de Janeiro (15-20 years old). Anthropometric assessment was obtained by body mass, stature, skinfold and circumference measurements. Prospective 3-day records, that include two weekdays and one weekend day were analyzed by a Brazilian nutrition software (CIS/EPM, 1993) to obtain the nutrient intake and the results were compared to the American recommendations. The results of anthropometric evaluation showed that athletes had body mass of 64.35 ± 6.12 kg, stature of 1.74 ± 0.06 m and fat mass of 20.51 ± 2.43%. Diets consisted of high energy and protein intake, and low carbohydrate intake. The consumption of calcium, folate and vitamin E was below the recommendations. Since these athletes are going through a period of intense growth and development associated with rigorous training, it becomes, therefore, necessary for them to receive individualized nutritional orientation to improve their performance and quality of life.
Keywords : Adolescent; Volleyball; Nutritional assessment; Anthropometric assessment; Nutrition.