Turkish Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2009 , Vol 55 , Num 3

Interaction of Nutrition, Health and Performance in Disabled Athletes

Günay Özdemir 1 ,Gülgün Ersoy 2
1 Gazi Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Enstitüsü, Beden Eğitimi ve Spor Yüksekokulu, Ankara
2 Hacettepe Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi, Beslenme ve Diyetetik Bölümü, Ankara

Sports, with their therapeutic and rehabilitative effects, help to enhance the physical, social, emotional and mental health of disabled people. Nowadays, the importance attached to disabled sports gives the disabled athletes an opportunity to achieve great successes.  Appropriate nutrition is of importance for disabled athletes, and providing related information contributes to reaching better performance. Few studies are available on food consumption of disabled individuals and athletes, whereas the data, which would be obtained from studies considering the altering physical condition of disabled athletes, will promote their quality of life.

Keywords : Disabled athletes, nutrition, performance