This phrase is coming up over and over in the paper I'm editing... basically the author is talking about the many different things all belonging to a group of people. For example (these are not the phrase in question, but variations):
"...preliminary assessment of female athletes' perceptions of nutrition..."
"...gain a better understanding of females athletes' needs and interest in nutrition..."
"...the relationship between nutrition and performance from the male athletes' perspectives will be..."
These phrases all just feel awkward, but it comes up so often (these are all from the same short paragraph) that I feel it would be disruptive to the flow to always insert an 'of', e.g. "gain a better understanding of the needs and interest of females athletes in nutrition". Is there a proper way to write these sentences?
I also don't want to reduce the plural athletes or plural perspectives, as one of the main goals of the paper is that there are many athletes, and they each have a different perspective or perception or opinion that should not be amalgamated.