PRACTICE PROJECTSThe Influence of the Low-Carbohydrate Trend on Collegiate Athletes' Knowledge, Attitudes, and Dietary Intake of CarbohydratesCondon, Elizabeth M. MS, RD; Dube, Katherine A. MS; Herbold, Nancie H. EdD, RD Author Information Author Affiliations: Department of Nutrition, School of Health Studies, Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts. Corresponding Author: Nancie H. Herbold, EdD, RD, Department of Nutrition, School of Health Studies, Simmons College, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115 ([email protected]). The authors thank the student-athletes, and the athletic trainers, especially Allison Sampson, for facilitating the research. Topics in Clinical Nutrition: April 2007 - Volume 22 - Issue 2 - p 175-184 doi: 10.1097/01.TIN.0000270136.22969.d7 Buy Metrics Abstract This project assessed collegiate athletes' dietary practices, knowledge, and attitudes regarding carbohydrate and athletic performance during the current low-carbohydrate trend. Athletes (N = 165) at a division I university completed questionnaires regarding nutrition knowledge, attitudes toward carbohydrates, and dietary intake. Athletes reported sometimes restricting dietary carbohydrates (44%), with significantly more female athletes reporting restriction (P < .05) than their male counterparts. Responses revealed that 13% of athletes have been on a low-carbohydrate diet. The mean nutrition knowledge was 3.5 ± 1.5 correct answers out of 7. Carbohydrate attitude responses revealed, only 61.3% agreed that a high-carbohydrate diet could improve athletic performance, with a significantly higher percentage of men agreeing (P < .05) than do women. © 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.