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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Marcine H Braun, BS, RD (University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics)
Description: This examination of the role of nutrition in performance is useful as a reference and as a comprehensive overview. The manual covers sports nutrition basics (such as physiology of exercise, nutrients, supplements and ergogenic aids), nutrition screening and assessment (an unexpected, but important inclusion), sports nutrition across the life cycle (beyond age/stage, it also focuses on college athletes, elite athletes, vegetarian athletes, and disordered eating, management of diabetes and cardiovascular disease), and finally, sport-specific guidelines.
Purpose: This book provides professionals in sports nutrition with a framework for providing dietary recommendations to athletes and it provides the scientific basis to support those recommendations. This is clearly important in a field where the lines are often blurred between hearsay and fact and where strong nutrition leadership is often missing.
Audience: The editor has assembled a group of experts in specific areas of sports nutrition to review current literature and synthesize the results into practical recommendations. The book functions as an ideal office reference for professionals involved with health/fitness/sports or as a text for undergraduate courses in sports nutrition or exercise science.
Features: The manual is comprehensive in its coverage of the field. Particularly helpful is the section on nutrition screening and assessment, which integrates the roles of all members of the team (dietitian, physician, trainer, coach). However, with different contributors for each section, what is missing is a clear philosophy on evaluating body composition, creating a plan for modifying body composition, and finally educating and monitoring the athlete. The section on eating disorders provides only a very brief review of the topic with few recommendations for counseling the eating disordered athlete.
Assessment: This fourth edition is welcome as it provides necessary updates in this rapidly changing field. Even after many years of practice, I found the book filled gaps in my knowledge of exercise and sport.