Gr 6–9—Regardless of their sport, students will find much to appreciate in these titles. Each volume starts with a brief introduction about the importance of training for continued skill-building and uses real-life examples of Olympic champions and professional players who embody a dedication to proper training. Clear, step-by-step instructions for drills that target specific parts of the body are accompanied by photographs of a male or female teen performing that exercise. Nutrition explains how carbs, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water work within the body to release energy. It offers healthful options for meals and snacks, and guidelines on what to eat before, during, and after a strenuous workout. Glossaries are mostly thorough, but they sometimes leave out concepts that are defined in the body of the text.
- Beverly Melasi
Playing sports takes a lot of energy. Whether on a rink, road, mat, field, court, or slope, athletes must exert energy. There are two types of exercise: aerobic and anaerobic. Aerobic exercise keeps the heart pumping over a long period of time using continuous movement, such as biking, dancing and running. Anaerobic exercise uses short bursts of energy. Sports using anaerobic exercise include track, gymnastics and martial arts. The body burns a lot of calories when doing any kind of sport or exercise. It requires nourishment to help replenish red blood cells, skin cells, nerve cells and muscle cells. These cells need food to do their job. Scientists measure how much energy there is in a food using calories. The number of calories each person needs depends on the person's age, size and gender. Rau does a great job using large, vivid photographs to explain how nourishment and hydration have a huge impact on making one's energy last. The words and easy-to-read sentences make this book a fun read. It is an interesting book for children and parents to read together. The book is a great way for teen athletes to learn how to nourish and replenish their bodies to improve athletic performance. Reviewer: Beverly Melasi
Dana Meachen Rau is an author, editor, and illustrator of children’s books. She has written more than 100 books for children, many of them nonfiction in subjects including astronomy, history, and geography, as well as numerous biographies. She lives in Burlington, Connecticut, with her husband and two children.