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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michelle H Tegenkamp, BS, MS (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Description: This book provides nutrition and exercise related information on groups of people with specific needs. It includes reproducible handouts that can be used by professionals and incorporates case studies at the end of each chapter.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a sports nutrition oriented reference to health professionals on specific groups such as vegetarians, children/adolescents, older adults, pregnant and postmenopausal women, individuals with eating disorders, and people who exercise in extreme climates. It is useful to have this information in one reference and the authors meet their objectives.
Audience: The audience includes registered dietitians, sports nutritionists, athletic and personal trainers, physical therapists, and sports medicine physicians. The book is written at a level that is easy to understand for people without an in-depth knowledge of nutrition. This is a good basic reference for the intended audience, but may be too basic for individuals with experience in the area.
Features: Each chapter covers specific nutritional needs of a particular group, physical activity recommendations, and special issues related to that group. Each chapter also contains several case studies for that specific population, which repeat a lot of what is covered in the chapters while adding the element of application to the information. The book is all black and white, but this allows for the reproducible figures which are a unique and relevant feature.
Assessment: There are few if any books that include nutrition and sports information on all these special groups. This book would be beneficial for professionals without a lot of background knowledge in these areas.