Mobile applications for the sport and exercise nutritionist: a narrative review
Peer reviewed, Journal article
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Original versionPeart, D. J., Briggs, M. A., & Shaw, M. P. (2022). Mobile applications for the sport and exercise nutritionist: a narrative review. BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation, 14(1). 10.1186/s13102-022-00419-z
Mobile technology is widespread in modern society, and the applications (apps) that they run can serve various purposes. Features such as portability, ease of communication, storage, and relative low cost may make such technology attractive to practitioners in several fields. This review provides a critical narrative on the existing literature for apps relevant to the field of sport and exercise nutrition. Three main areas are discussed: (1) dietary analysis of athletes, (2) nutrition education for athletes, (3) estimating body composition. The key purpose of the review was to identify what literature is available, in what areas apps may have a benefit over traditional methods, and considerations that practitioners should make before they implement apps into their practice or recommend their use to coaches and athletes.