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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Erik H. Van Iterson, PhD, MS, MBio (University of Minnesota School of Kinesiology)
Description: The objectives of the first edition of this book were to provide readers a basic scientific understanding of the physiology of nutrition and its applicability to sport. This second edition stays true to those objectives while providing updates well supported by current scientific research.
Purpose: The purpose is to introduce the basic principles and fundamentals of nutrition and how they relate to sport and performance. The book is intended to help readers focus their understanding of this area on peer-reviewed scientific, research-based findings to eliminate the confusion caused by claims made by sports marketing products and sports nutritional supplement manufacturers. The authors have identified a problem in sports nutrition science and have successfully addressed it with a book supported by peer-reviewed literature and experts in the field.
Audience: The primary audience is undergraduate students interested in learning the fundamentals of sport nutrition science. However, the book is written in such a way to be useful for other allied health professionals such as coaches, personal trainers, athletes, and others interested in the science behind sports nutrition.
Features: The book is thoughtfully organized into 16 descriptive chapters, each of which successfully builds upon the preceding chapter. It introduces the basic concepts of sports nutrition and sequentially guides readers in how to apply the science to sport performance in real life. The illustrations and figures are a particularly strong addition, helping readers visualize and understand concepts.
Assessment: This is an excellent update. The expansion of the book and the addition of new information based on the latest scientific research in sports nutrition help make this book highly credible and authoritative for use as a primary learning tool in this field. The clarity of the writing and cohesiveness between text and illustrations make this an excellent choice for students, teachers, and allied health professionals.