Peak Performance: Sports Nutrition

Peak Performance: Sports Nutrition

by Donna Shryer, Jodi Forschmiedt

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You train hard every day, keeping your muscles in shape and your eyes on the prize. Peak Performance explains how adding excellent nutrition to your program will help you perform your very best.  See more details below


You train hard every day, keeping your muscles in shape and your eyes on the prize. Peak Performance explains how adding excellent nutrition to your program will help you perform your very best.

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Children's Literature - Beverly Melasi
Having great form and training hard every day are all for nothing without the right fuel for the body. The body breaks up food into nutrients which are absorbed and used for energy, repair wear and tear, help with growth, and fight illness and infection. A good way to understand how it all works is by learning to read the Nutrition Facts label found on every package of food. It tells the amount of specific nutrients included in one serving of the food. The label also lists a percent next to each nutrient. Foods with low numbers in fats and high numbers in fiber, vitamins, and minerals are the best. An athlete could have mistaken ideas about nutrition, or get information from the wrong sources. Sport nutrition experts understand the energy needs of athletes, and can help choose healthy carbohydrates, good fats, and complete proteins. Certain foods eaten at specific times help improve an athlete's performance and recovery. It is okay to enjoy a large meal three to four hours before exercise. But within two to three hours before exercise, it may be best to choose foods that leave the stomach quickly so they will not be bouncing around inside. The meal should include about seventy percent complex carbohydrates and some protein. Digesting protein takes a lot of water, so dehydration can occur if the body is processing a lot of protein. Dietary supplements boast "sports-energy and weight-loss." The huge quantities of protein advertised in some of these supplements may cause health risks. Protein requirements can easily be met by diet alone, if eating a healthy, balanced diet. The book has great tips on what to eat before an event, and colorful pictures to help illustrate the importance of good nutrition. Young athletes will find this book interesting and a reliable source of information on proper sport nutrition. Reviewer: Beverly Melasi
Children's Literature - Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo
Part of the Marshall Cavendish series about "Food and Fitness," this book describes the particular nutritional needs of adolescent athletes. The text is clear and readable, ranging from a 10th-grade to a 12th-grade reading level, slightly higher than what would be comfortable for most junior high students. Factual information is supported by charts, graphs, sidebars and notes indicating sources and further resources. Supplementary materials include a glossary and a well-formulated index as well as a list of further sources for research purposes. In addition, several appendixes give detailed nutritional information. As a nonfiction informational text, this would not be a text that was read from cover to cover; more likely it would be used as a resource when researching a topic. Because of the high degree of organization and the textual supports, this would clearly be a useful text for this purpose. The final chapter addresses the use of sports supplements, particularly steroids and other harmful ergogenic aids. Shryer deals with this topic in an honest, straightforward way, giving the negative health effects and recommending using only what is recommended by a qualified health care professional. The information is presented in a nonjudgmental, scientific way. The photographs interspersed throughout the book depict both genders equally, as well as showing young people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. Reviewer: Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo
School Library Journal

Gr 6 Up- Weighing In helps teens understand what a healthy weight is and how to attain it. Favor explains that nutritional needs depend on one's age and activity level, and she presents ways to burn calories through activities that teens will find appealing. Rich in facts about foods, wellness, and methods of "dieting," this book is extremely informative. Peak Performance looks at the nutritional needs of athletes, specifically what teenage bodies need to perform at their highest levels. Entire chapters are devoted to different food groups, such as proteins and carbohydrates. In both books, pictures of teens and colorful graphs and charts make the presentations visually appealing. Appendixes include charts on body mass index (Weighing In ) and caloric intake (Peak Performance ). These volumes try to empower teenagers to live a healthy lifestyle by taking a positive approach and looking at what can be done to change eating and exercise habits.-Kristen M. Todd, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY

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Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
Publication date:
Benchmark Rockets Series: Food and You
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

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