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Nutrition Considerations for Athletes with Physical Disabilities

Islamoglu, Ayse Humeyra PhD1; Kenger, Emre Batuhan MSc2

Current Sports Medicine Reports: July 2019 - Volume 18 - Issue 7 - p 270–274
doi: 10.1249/JSR.0000000000000613
Nutrition and Ergogenic Aids/Section Articles

Nutrition, which is an important factor that improves physical performance, has a major place in the lives of both disabled and nondisabled athletes. The main purpose of nutritional assessment of disabled athletes is to assess the individual's consumption to determine the insufficiencies and to suggest the necessary changes to design the most appropriate nutrition plan. Nutrition strategies play a key role in confirming the performance of disabled athletes. Considering the nature of the disability and the specific sports branch, it is important to determine the necessary nutrition solutions to ensure the best protection for the athletes concerned. The literature on the specific nutritional needs for the best sports performance of disabled athletes is insufficient and should be considered in light of current information on specific disability physiology.

1Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Marmara University, Maltepe, Istanbul, TURKEY; and

2Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Bahcesehir University, Besiktas, Istanbul, TURKEY

Address for correspondence: Ayse Humeyra Islamoglu, PhD, Marmara Universitesi, Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey; E-mail:

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