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ALIMENTAR PROFILE OF FEMALE TEENAGER BASKETBALL PLAYERS FROM TOLEDO - PR

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Adolescence is characterized by profound changes, with body’s intense growth and development. These changes lead anincrease in the need of energy and nutrients. However, when teenagers exercise regularly, a greater degree of care is requiredin order to provide all their needs. In order to understand the eating profile of teenager athletes, 13 female adolescents agedfrom 13 to 17 were assessed. An eating anamnesis with the purpose of knowing the eating and social history was carried out.To establish the teenagers’ average food intake, 24-hour record and 3-day record were used. Results obtained from Virtual NutriProgram showed that only 63,19% of RDA recommendation were intaken by teenagers (1398,63 Kcal/day). Nutrientsdistribution were: 50.35% carbohydrates, 17.26% proteins, and 32.39% fat. Taking into account all vitamins and mineralsanalysed, only thiamine’s intake was in accordance with RDA recommendation. Thus, results show the need of anindividualized orientation of teenager athletes in order to adapt their eating habits and improve their performance.

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