The impact of the collegiate athletic dining hall on the well-being of student-athletes



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Texas Tech University


It has been proposed and voted unanimously that the NCAA limit the number of meals provided to scholarship athletes by the year 1996, and eventually eliminate athletic dining halls altogether (Lederman, 1991). The purpose of this study was to investigate athletic dining halls and their impact on the well-being of student-athletes in NCAA Division I universities. The main focus was the following:

(1) the discussion of an athletic dining hall during the recruiting process of student-athletes;

(2) the relationship between student-athletes and coaches/athletic staff, other student-athletes, and nonathlete students;

(3) student-athletes' perception of the food they eat and nutrition information they receive from the athletic dining hall;

(4) the importance of nutrition on student-athletes' performance;

(5) and the importance of nutrition information about the pregame meal on student-athletes' performance. Of secondary interest were the following: means of feeding student-athletes (athletic dining services or student body services); the flexibility for dining service hours; and the value of the athletic dining hall for the university according to the student-athletes.