Table 3.

Representative quotes from the responses to the open-ended, free-text question regarding the perception of gains from participating in the LAP program

ThemesIllustrative Quotes
Benefits
Improved students’ knowledge about:
    Knowledge“I learned a lot about nutrition that I was not previously aware of.”
    Athlete population“I gained insight into the application of medical knowledge into a sport environment, especially in young, growing athletes.”
Improved students’ skills and confidence in:
    Discussing nutrition“It was useful to talk to real people about the dietary challenges they face.”
    Motivational interviewing“I think this program was helpful in teaching me how to use different tactics to motivate [people] to implement healthier [habits].”
Exposed students to a novel patient population“Athletes have a unique perspective.”
Barriers
Focusing student athletes during conversations“It was difficult to keep their attention at first.”