Ramadan fasting and sports performance: A Malaysian perspective

Ooi, Cheong Hwa and Roy, Jolly and Mohd Ghazali, M. Z. and Loo, Lean Hiong and Ahmad Padzi, M. N. and Chai, Wen Jin and Md Razali, Mohd Rizal and Feizal, Victor and Aziz, Abdul Rashid and Singh, Rabindarjeet (2010) Ramadan fasting and sports performance: A Malaysian perspective. In: Proceedings of the International Conference of Physical Education and Sports Science. National lnstitute of Education (Singapore), Singapore, pp. 187-193. ISBN 978-981-08-5733-2

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The purpose of this study was to identify factors that would affect Muslim athletes in their training or competition during the Ramadan fast. This would lead to a better understanding of the changes in lifestyle, behavioural and training practices of Muslim athletes when they participate in Ramadan fasting and exercise at the same time. A total of 172 Malaysian Muslim national elite athletes participated in a questionnaire survey assessing personal perception on sport performance, sleep pattern, food and fluid intake during Ramadan fasting. The results showed that a quarter of these athletes perceived that there was an adverse effect from the Ramadan fast on their sport performance. A majority of them (58.1%) said that Ramadan fasting did not affect their sleep pattern but 52.3% of them did take an extra nap during the daytime. Most of the athletes (45.9%) ate the same amount of calories as they normally would however 86.0 % believed that they drank more fluids than usual. The changes in lifestyle during the Ramadan fast did not adversely affect the perceived sport performance in this cohort of Muslim elite athletes. However, there is an equivocal opinion on the impact of Ramadan fasting on the quality of training.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Institut Perubatan & Pergigian Termaju (Advanced Medical & Dental Institute (AMDI)) > Book Section/Chapter
Zoom Profil Pakar (Expert Profile) > Ooi Cheong Hwa (Advanced Medical & Dental Institute)
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Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2017 04:42
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2017 04:42
URI: http://eprints.usm.my/id/eprint/37776

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