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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Amy Hess-Fischl, MS, RD, LDN, BC-ADM, CDE (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: This is a comprehensive review of nutrition as it relates to sports, for weekend warriors to elite athletes. The first edition was published in 2000.
Purpose: The book assumes readers have a basic understanding of nutrition, and exercise science, as well as physical and metabolic pathways. The purpose is to provide up-to-date information to healthcare professionals who work with athletes. This is a needed addition to the arsenal of references, since physical activity is an integral component of overall health for all individuals.
Audience: It is written for all healthcare professionals working with athletes, but it also would be an excellent addition to the curriculum for masters' students in dietetics, nursing, exercise physiology, and physical therapy. The three editors as well as the chapter authors are all respected individuals in sports nutrition.
Features: Basic concepts of nutrition in athletes, including carbohydrate, protein, and fat requirements, are covered. The update includes the macronutrient and micronutrient updates to reflect current research and recommendations. Each chapter begins with key points, preparing readers for the topics to be covered. Chapters also include chapter in review, highlights and key concepts. Key concepts cover key terms and additional practical information for use with clients or patients.
Assessment: This informative book provides excellent explanations, especially of the metabolism of carbohydrate, fat, and protein in exercise. It also devotes a chapter to weight loss interventions and weight concerns in athletes, and contains practical advice for use with individuals.