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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jamie A. Cooper, MS (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Description: This book addresses important nutritional obstacles or issues that arise in sports and provides the necessary information on how to deal with them. Nutritional information for training, precompetition, competition, and recovery from competition is provided based on current research.
Purpose: The purpose is to determine nutrition issues that arise in different sports that share similar lifestyle and physiological characteristics. Lifestyle and physiological characteristics are important factors to examine when determining proper nutrition for a given sport. This book provides scientific and research-based information that is essential for people interested in the field of sports nutrition.
Audience: According to the author, this is intended to provide nutritional information that can translate from the classroom to the field, court, or track. The book references and uses data from a number of research studies making it appropriate for a classroom or research setting, but is also written at a level that can be easily used by coaches and athletes in the sports that are covered.
Features: While the main focus of this book is on providing nutrition information for a variety of sports, it also addresses the physiological and cultural characteristics of each sport and how those impact proper nutrition for optimal performance. The book provides a comprehensive review of the current literature, which is summarized clearly in the appendix, and gives practical strategies for achieving nutrition goals in each sport category. Although it addresses many components of nutrition, it is not designed to be a supplement guide and does not address many of the ergogenic aids available today.
Assessment: This book provides detailed information about nutrition issues that all athletes face and how to deal with these issues to achieve one's sports nutrition goals for optimal performance. The sound nutritional advice is backed up by a comprehensive review of the literature.