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From The CriticsReviewer: Virginia Overdorf, EdD (William Patterson University)
Description: This is a comprehensive book on sports nutrition ranging from basic science to sport specific applications that can assist athletes in reaching their full potential. The range of topics by professionals who are outstanding in their area makes this book both impressive and an outstanding resource. Some of the pictures are wonderfully illustrative of particular points.
Purpose: The main purpose is to provide an encyclopedic approach to the breadth of topics (including the underlying science and its practical applications) that impact performance of the aspiring elite athlete in training and competition.
Audience: This book is targeted for those in the exercise sciences, nutritionists, and dieticians. Additionally, sports physicians and informed coaches and athletes would find it to be an invaluable resource.
Features: This book is organized into four parts: an overview of the basic science related to sport nutrition; special considerations, including the female athlete and diabetic athlete; several practical topics such as eating disorders, sports nutrition products, and overtraining; and specific applications of sports nutrition considerations across a spectrum of sports from racquet sports and swimming to cycling and weight category sports. The organization of the book is excellent, proceeding from the basic science to its application. The ease with which information can be found is another strong feature. Several typos in one of the chapters (39) are distracting.
Assessment: This book is unique, and the first of its type that I have seen. It will be a useful resource for professionals in many different disciplines. Because it is the first book of its type, there are no grounds for comparison.