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INTERVIEW QUESTIONS FOR SPORT NUTRITION

INSTRUCTION:

KINDLY ADDRESS ALL QUESTIONS BELOW DURING YOUR INTERVIEW SESSION. ADDITIONAL
QUESTIONS CAN BE ASKED RELATED TO THE QUESTIONS/ANSWERS GIVEN

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QUESTIONS:

DEMOGRAPHIC

How many athletes are there in this category?

What is their age range?

Is this sport a male/female dominant ?

What is the approximate proportion of full-time/part time athletes?

NUTRITION ASSESSMENT

What are the nutrition assessments carried out for this sport category?

How is it conducted? (MUST have tools, method/technique, who)

How frequent is it done?

Is there any specific anthropometric assessment required for this group of athletes? (ie. BMI, body
fat, muscle mass, muscle strength)

What other assessments / any special test that the athletes need to undergo? (ie. doping, endurance
test, any clinical tests)

What are the ideal body composition of athletes in this category?

Is there any athletes categories in this sport? (ie. elite athletes, weight categories etc)

How does it affect the nutrient requirements?

DIETARY INTAKE

How do you obtain dietary data from athletes? (ie tools used)

How do you validate the accuracy of the information given by the athletes?

What is the dietary pattern of athletes in this category? ( meal time, food sources, frequency)

Do athletes in this group take any form of dietary supplements and ergogenic aids? What are they
and how much?

DIETARY REQUIREMENT

Is there any specific dietary regime tailored to this category of sport?

How do you decide on the energy requirement of athletes in this sport category?

(MUST cover: calculation of requirement, factors contributing to the energy requirement)


What are the dietary/nutrition guidelines/standards available locally/internationally?

How do you put the recommendations into practise?

Macronutrients:

Which macronutrient (Carbohydrate/protein/fat) is a concern in this sport category? And why is it a


concern? (MUST cover: calculation of requirement)

How about other macronutrients? And how much should the athletes consume? (MUST cover:
calculation of requirement).

Carbohydrate:

Does athletes consume/ require specific kinds of carbohydrates? ( ie. Complex carbohydrate, simple
carbohydrate, simple sugar, high GI, low GI)

What are the type of the carbohydrate and its role?

Is carbohydrate loading important for this category of sport? and why?

What is the requirement of carbohydrate : pre, during, post training and competition

Protein:

Does athletes consume/ require specific kinds of protein? ( ie. HBV, LBV)

What are the type of the protein and its role? (ie. amino acids intake, whey/casein, soy protein
isolates, glutamine?)

What is the requirement of protein : pre, during, post training and competition

Fat:

Does athletes consume/ require specific kinds of fat?

What are the type of the fat and its role? (ie. omega 3/6?)

What is the requirement of fat : pre, during, post training and competition

Micronutrients:

Which micronutrient is a concern in this sport category? And why is it a concern? (MUST cover:
calculation of requirement).

Is there any specific micronutrients that can boost athletes performance? How does it work?

How about other micronutrients? And how much should the athletes consume? (MUST cover:
calculation of requirement).

What is the requirement of micronutrients : pre, during, post training and competition

Fluid

What is the fluid requirement for athletes?

How do you decide on the requirement?

How to manage fluid intake, toileting need especially when involving sport with limited toilet access?
What is the requirement of fluid : pre, during, post training and competition

DIETARY PRACTICE

How do you implement your dietary plan to the athletes?

How do you ensure the athletes are following to your advice?

Considering the higher requirements of certain macro/micronutrients, how do you make use of the
use dietary supplements and ergogenic aids? ( ie what, regime, timing, amount, frequency, dosage)?

How do they obtain dietary supplements and ergogenic aids?

Do you think the dietary supplements and ergogenic aids can boost athletes performance?

Based on your experience, how beneficial is the dietary supplements and ergogenic aids in
improving performance?

Can you tell me more on the opportunities/enablers in implementing dietary regime prescribed?

What are the challenges/barriers as sport dietitian in implementing dietary regime prescribed?

Do you think nutrition makes the difference in athletes performance ? and why?

NUTRITIONAL ISSUES

Does athletes from this category of sport have any specific/common nutritional issues? (ie. body
weight image, underweight/overweight, WT LOSS/GAIN, ED,)

How do you go about it?

How do you manage athletes who are vegetarian?

KNOWLEDGE/ATTITUDE /PRACTICE OF NUTRITION KNOWLEDGE AMONG ATHLETES

Have any of the athletes attended any nutrition course/ training?

Apart of attending training, where do athletes obtain nutrition information from?

Are the sources reliable?

How frequent and who conduct the trainings?

How receptive are the athletes towards the nutrition knowledge?

Are there any common food beliefs among sportsmen?

Are the athletes ready to change according to the dietary plan prescribed and why?

What are the common factors that influence their compliance towards the dietary plan?

DIETITIAN ROLE

Do you think dietitian plays important role in sport? why?

What is your role (as dietitian) during training session?

What is your role (as dietitian) during competition?


How are you trained as sport dietitian ( ie- bachelor, formal training / continuous training, additional
cert?)

How happy are you with your post as a sport dietitian?

Are you satisfied with your current position as sport dietitian? why?( ie job satisfaction, salary,
promotion, collegues)

Does your institution support your career growth? And how?

What are your suggestion to improve your practice as sport dietitian?

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