Why was this article written?

Athletic events today are so competitive that the difference between gold and silver medals is often measured in hundredths of seconds. Elite athletes must push themselves as never before to the limits of physical endurance, and now more than ever nutrition is one of many factors which may be optimized to yield peak performance. Unfortunately, in many cases nutrition is an aspect of training and preparation of which many athletes and coaches have in the past had very little awareness and the impact of good dietary habits on both the general health and performance of the competitor received little consideration.

The Coach and Nutritionist – A Partnership in Performance.
Authors: Scala J, Wong L.
Nutrition in Sport. 1985, London. 76-83.PDF Case Study: Nutrition in Sport, 1985.