Nutrition and Metabolism in Sports, Exercise and Health

By Jie Kang

Routledge – 2012 – 490 pages

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A key determinant of successful athletic performance is the high-level energy transformation which begins with combustion of the food that we eat. By developing a sound understanding of good nutrition we can improve athletic performance, help maintain good health and prevent disease. This clear and comprehensive introduction to nutrition in sport, exercise and health goes further than any other textbook in integrating key nutritional facts, concepts and dietary guidelines with a thorough discussion of the fundamental biological science underpinning our physiological and metabolic processes. By clearly explaining how nutrients function within our biological system, the book helps students to develop a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms, which, in turn, will help the student to apply their knowledge in practice. The book includes in depth discussion of key contemporary topics within nutrition including:

  • nutrient bioenergetics
  • nutrition and metabolic disease
  • nutritional ergogenic aids
  • nutrition for special populations
  • nutritional assessment.

Each chapter includes useful pedagogical features, including case studies, review questions, definitions of key terms, and practical laboratory exercises – such as techniques for assessing nutritional status, body composition and physical activity patterns. A companion website offers additional teaching and learning features, such as PowerPoint slides, multiple-choice question banks and web links.

As the most up-to-date introduction to sport and exercise nutrition currently available, this book is essential reading for all students of sport and exercise science, kinesiology, physical therapy, nutrition, dietetics or health sciences.

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1. Introduction 2. Carbohydrates, Lipids, and Proteins 3. Vitamins 4. Minerals and Water 5. Digestion and Absorption 6. Energy and Energy-Yielding Metabolic Pathways 7. Nutrients Metabolism During Exercise 8. Guidelines for Designing a Healthy and Competitive Diet 9. Ergogenic Aids and Supplements 10. Nutrient Metabolism in Special Cases 11. Measurement of Energy Consumption and Output 12. Body Composition 13. Energy Balance and Weight Control 14. Thermoregulation and Fluid Balance

Author Bio

Jie Kang is a Professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science, College of New Jersey, USA. His primary research interests are in alterations in energy metabolism, substrate utilization, cardiorespiratory function and perceived exertion in response to both acute and chronic exercise in healthy individuals and individuals with diseases.


This is the companion website for Nutrition and Metabolism in Sports, Exercise and Health, featuring additional reading, useful web links and multiple-choice questions to confirm your understanding of the material in each chapter of the book.

What you will find on this website:

  • About the Book: information about the book, the author, table of contents, and preface.
  • Students: links to useful websites, a self-test revision quiz for each chapter, and a full, downloadable glossary of key terms.
  • Tutors: test bank of 140 exam questions, and PowerPoint slides containing over 130 figures, illustrations and tables.
  • Buy the Book Online: purchase additional copies of this title.