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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Gary A. Sforzo, PhD (Ithaca College)
Description: This is a nicely compiled, edited book that emanates from an international sports sciences forum held in Japan in 2001. The title is a bit misleading in that only two of the 13 chapters address nutrition and only two cover environmental stress, but all chapters are well done and pertinent to exercise physiologists.
Purpose: The lofty purpose of the forums was to "foster a network of young scientists...to solve current social problems..." The beginnings of that network are now established, but the solutions to problems are still well off in the future.
Audience: The depth and detail of the chapters is great and each chapter is well referenced. In this respect, the book is reminiscent of the original Exercise & Sport Sciences Reviews (ESSR) format, a yearly review published by the American College of Sports Medicine that is now sorely missed. Experts in the field provide the basics on a topic of interest and then detail the current state of the issue. Like ESSR, the writing and depth make this book appropriate for advanced students of exercise physiology and professionals.
Features: Excellent reviews on pertinent topics include electromyography, muscle blood flow, NIRS technology, oxygen uptake kinetics, VEGF, glucose uptake, obesity, and nutrition effects on protein synthesis. Because of the forums from which this book is derived, an interesting round table discussion follows each chapter. This enhances the presentation and makes for interesting reading.
Assessment: This is a well-written, sophisticated contribution to the field of exercise physiology. If you are seeking a comprehensive review or doing research in an area related to any chapter in this book, then you will find it an excellent resource.