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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Erik H VanIterson, M.S., M.Bio(University of Minnesota School of Kinesiology)
Description: This book provides straightforward explanations for key nutritional and physiological topics that may help both trained and amateur athletes. Using both peer-reviewed and case-study based evidence, the authors successfully highlight important and practical areas most athletes, trainers, healthcare practitioners, and fitness enthusiasts are most concerned about.
Purpose: The purpose is to explain concrete, scientifically-based and practical concepts that athletes, trainers, healthcare professionals, and fitness enthusiasts of all levels and ages can use to excel in physical activity and sport. This is a necessary objective because of the vast amount of information available on nutrition and physiology of sport. The book provides a quick read of evidence-based literature, appropriately written for the audience. It successfully imparts useful and practical information without overwhelming readers.
Audience: The intended audience includes athletes, physical therapists, occupational therapists, fitness instructors, physical education teachers, trainers, and fitness enthusiasts of all ages and fitness levels. Although it provides scientifically-based evidence to support its claims, it is an introductory level book and should be relatively easy to understand for readers who have had college-level health science coursework.
Features: Topics are organized into sections, progressing from an introduction to an explanation and finally an application. The book does well in integrating the nutritional and physiological component of sport by providing complementary scientific facts and case studies to help readers better understand and comprehend. It highlights scientifically-based basic core principles of starting a training program and what it takes to successfully progress and maintain it. Each section is concise and to the point, without unnecessary detail. Appropriate pictures, illustrations and graphs assist in explaining descriptive text. These well-thought-out additions are helpful in explaining visually related concepts such as exercise movement.
Assessment: This book is written at an appropriate level for its intended audience while providing evidence-based research to support all of its claims. It successfully highlights up-to-date important principles of nutrition and physiology of sport for both novice and advanced athletes. This is a useful book for athletes who want to learn the basic science behind sport while building a strong understanding of the relationship of nutrition, training and exercise physiology. The authors do a fine job of debunking nutrition and training myths while focusing their efforts on supporting claims with science.