1st Edition

An Athletic Trainers’ Guide to Sports Nutrition

By Damon Amato Copyright 2018

    An Athletic Trainer’s Guide to Sports Nutrition fills the void of a subject area that is underrepresented in current athletic trainer curriculums despite its importance in the field.

    Damon Amato has created a text that can be easily read and understood by health care professionals yet is in-depth enough to create a solid understanding of how the body works, and easy enough to then pass on the information to athletes to help them eat ideally based on their specific sport, goal, and situation.

    Giving a physiology background is necessary to lay the foundation for understanding why certain recommendations in the text are given; however, only the necessary details are included to focus on what is pertinent for athletic trainers to understand while advising athletes.

    Some topics covered inside include:

    • Basics of human nutrition
    • Disordered eating and eating disorders in athletes
    • Supplements
    • Eating optimally for injury recovery
    • Nutrient timing
    • Special situations

    An Athletic Trainer’s Guide to Sports Nutrition gives athletic training clinicians and students the information and tools necessary to aid athletes in maintaining peak performance in nutrition, and fills the void left in the current athletic training curriculum.



    About the Author

    Contributing AuthorsPreface

    Chapter 1 Introduction

    Chapter 2 Basics of Human Nutrition

    Chapter 3 Nutrition Myths and Clarifications

    Chapter 4 Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders in Athletes

    Chapter 5 What IS Hydration? The Physiology of Fluid Absorption

    Chapter 6 Supplements

    Chapter 7 Eating Optimally for Injury Recovery

    Chapter 8 Nutrient Timing

    Chapter 9 Special Situations

    Chapter 10 ConclusionFinancial Disclosures



    Damon Amato, MS, LAT, CSCS is an Athletic Trainer, Strength Coach, and Nutritionist with 13 years’ experience in the field. With a broad knowledge base in the athletic domain, Damon has trained individuals from stay-at-home moms to mixed martial artists to college team sport athletes. His passion for helping athletes and practitioners alike flows through multiple disciplines, gathering expert resources in all facets of athleticism. With a master’s degree in applied nutrition and a certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Damon spends most of his time helping high school athletes as the Head Athletic Trainer at the largest public high school in Massachusetts and also teaching performance nutrition courses at the college level.