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This volume is a comprehensive textbook for the undergraduate course in sports nutrition. Focusing on exercise physiology, this text is to be used in a certification course sponsored by the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN).

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Reviewer: C. Murray Ardies, PhD (Northeastern Illinois University)
Description: This multiauthored book covers exercise physiology, exercise principles, and basic and applied nutrition in three main sections, followed by two smaller sections on specific supplements and more general dietary (or macronutrient) recommendations.
Purpose: According to the editors, the purpose is to present credible and research-based information, validated sports nutrition protocols, and the latest scientific information in one book to serve as the single best resource for professionals. While this would be a worthy objective for any book, in this case, the objectives may not be entirely necessary, nor are they always met.
Audience: With a list of specific learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter and a series of questions at the end, the book is clearly designed for university students at the undergraduate level. The editors target the book generally at "anyone interested in the field" and specifically at students of exercise physiology, dietetics, and fitness. Many of the six editors and 33 authors are PhDs in academic positions.
Features: Classic topics in exercise physiology are covered, such as metabolic pathways for ATP synthesis, molecular basis of muscle contraction, the physiological and metabolic response to both acute and chronic exercise, as are newer areas of molecular biology and endocrinology. The chapter on endocrinology is particularly appealing because of its currency and breadth. The general nutrition concepts of digestion and absorption and use of macronutrients are well covered. In the nutrition section, the chapter on sports supplements provides the best information by far on a variety of supplements not normally discussed in other sports nutrition books, while the chapters on creatine and nutrition before, during, and after exercise are particularly well written and up to date with their applications to exercise. Unfortunately, other chapters in the exercise section are somewhat disappointing because of the many illustrations that came from earlier books written by other authors, some of which include outdated information. For example, just once I would like to see a current exercise physiology book follow the stoichiometric concepts of ATP synthesis agreed on by biochemists over a decade ago that, based on hydrogen cost, each NADH yields a theoretical maximum of ~2.5 ATP (and not the 3 ATP listed in this book), and, based on the function of the calcium uniport and the mitochondrial permeability transition and on alterations in membrane integrity during metabolic stress, getting the 2.5 is impossible. The chapter on molecular biology of exercise and nutrition is very disappointing because, although it does a very good job of describing the basic information of the field of molecular biology, there is so little molecular information relating specifically to exercise and none to nutrition that it makes me wonder why the chapter title includes the terms "exercise and nutrition."
Assessment: This book suffers from the same major drawback of almost all first-edition, multiauthored books: there seems to be little integration of exercise-related and nutrition-related information throughout the book, and in many cases it appears that some of the chapters are written by authors who had little knowledge of what the other chapters contained. The lack of integration is exemplified by the first chapter on biochemistry and metabolism (a nutritional topic if there ever was one) and the chapter on molecular biology of exercise and nutrition, with both saying little to nothing of nutrition. In addition, there are awkwardly contradictory conclusions by some of the nutrition authors, with some asserting that nutritional supplements don't appear to improve performance and others making blanket statements that nutritional supplementation improves performance. There are other books that do a far better job of integrating the nutritional concepts with the exercise concepts. The book that immediately comes to mind is Exercise Physiology: Theory and Application to Fitness and Performance, 7th edition, Powers and Howley (McGraw-Hill, 2008), which is equally comprehensive in the exercise science areas, is more up to date in some of the science, is far better illustrated (and in color), and does a much better job of integrating the nutrition content with the exercise concepts, with the result that it is much easier to understand this complicated information.
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"Essentials of Sports Nutritional Supplements … is a study resource for obtaining a credential with the organization. … easy to understand. … particularly useful for personal trainers, coaches and anyone who wants to know the scientific details related to sports nutrition … ." (Jerry Brainum, Iron Man Magazine, July, 2009)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588296115
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 7/17/2008
  • Edition description: 2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 691
  • Sales rank: 1,316,559
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents


The official textbook for ISSN's Certification in Sports Nutrition

Jose Antonio, Ph.D.
Doug Kalman, M.S., RD
Jeff Stout, Ph.D.
Mike Greenwood, Ph.D.
Darryn Willoughby, Ph.D.

Part I. Basic Exercise Physiology

1) Skeletal Muscle Plasticity - Joseph Chromiak, Ph.D. and Jose
Antonio, Ph.D.
2) Bioenergetics - Christopher Scott, Ph.D.
3) Endocrinology and Exercise - William J. Kraemer, Ph.D.
4) Cardiopulmonary Response to Exercise - Rick Seip, Ph.D.
5) Molecular Biology of Exercise and Nutrition - Darryn Willoughby,
6) Aspects of Overtraining - Michael Greenwood, Ph.D.

Part II. Exercise Principles and Assessment
7) Principles of Exercise Training - Steven J. Fleck. Ph.D.
8) Lab and Field Techniques for Measuring Performance - Ron Mendel,
9) Methods of Body Composition - Joe Weir, Ph.D.
10) Assessing the Nutritional Needs of Athletes - Susan M. Kleiner,
Ph.D., RD

Part III. Basic and Applied Nutrition
11) An Overview of Macronutrients - Jennifer Hofheins, M.S., RD
12) Protein - Tim Ziegenfuss, Ph.D.
13) Fat - Lonnie Lowery, Ph.D.
14) Carbohydrate - Greg Haff, Ph.D.
15) Vitamins and Minerals - Darin Van Gammeren, MAEd
16) Nutritional Needs of Endurance Athletes - Suzanne Girard Eberle,
M.S., RD
17) Nutritional Needs of Strength-Power Athletes - Jim Stoppani, Ph.D.
18) Re-Shaping the Food Guide Pyramid - Alan Shugarman, M.S., RD
19) Special Needs of Youth, Women, and the Elderly - Marie Spano, M.S.,

Part IV. Supplements
20) Sports Application of Creatine - Rick Kreider, Ph.D.
21) Ephedra and Other Weight Loss Ingredients - Chris Mohr, M.S., RD
22) An Overview of Sports Supplements (HMB, glutamine, EAAs, BCAAs,
glucosamine, EFAs, etc) - Chris Lockwood, M.S., CSCS
23) Hormonal Supplements - Legal and Illegal - Tim Ziegenfuss, Ph.D.

Part VI. Special Topics
24) Regulatory Aspects of the Sports Nutrition Industry - Rick Collins,
25) Low Carbohydate Diets - Jeff Volek, Ph.D.
26) Eating to Improve Body Composition -Jose Antonio, Ph.D. and Anssi
Manninen, M.H.S.
27) Pre-, During, and Post-Workout Nutrition for Endurance Athletes -
John Ivy, Ph.D.
28) Pre- During, and Post-Workout Nutrition for Strength-Power Athletes
- Chris Rasmussen, MS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    I run the exams for the ISSN in Australia and offer a buy-back s

    I run the exams for the ISSN in Australia and offer a buy-back service for this book. Despite hundreds of sales not one person has ever wanted to part with the book. It is an invaluable tomb of unbiased, research-backed sport nutrition and supplementation information like no other.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2010


    I ordered this book to study for my ISSN exam and as the title says it comes with the CDROM...However when I got the package in the mail there was no CD that came along with it. When I called to ask where the missing CD is they told me that it was a mistake in the title and that the CD does not come with this book. For a large corporation like BN that is a big mistake to have on their website. I am terribly disappointed in the service and FALSE ADVERTISING they showed.

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