Nutrition for female athletes: what we know, what we don’t know, and why

Areta, J.L. and Elliott-Sale, K.J. ORCID: 0000-0003-1122-5099, 2022. Nutrition for female athletes: what we know, what we don’t know, and why. European Journal of Sport Science. ISSN 1746-1391

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Men are often considered as the default sex for studies in sports nutrition. Indeed, most of the seminal work to date in sports nutrition has been exclusively conducted on male participants. The 2021 Olympic Games had 49% female participation, signalling [almost] parity between sportsmen and sportswomen at the most elite sporting level for the first time. The volume of sports nutrition research using women as participants has, however, not kept pace with this rise in participation and professionalism. Therefore, to highlight what we currently know and don’t know about sports nutrition for female athletes we invited well-known and emerging researchers to contribute to this special edition on Nutrition for Female Athletes. Contributions cover three main themes: dietary and hydration requirements; low energy availability and making weight; and dietary supplements and gut health. In addition, this special addition explores why our understanding on this topic is limited and how we can further progress and promote this research area.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: European Journal of Sport Science
Creators: Areta, J.L. and Elliott-Sale, K.J.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 23 February 2022
ISSN: 1746-1391
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 17 Mar 2022 09:50
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2023 03:00

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