Extreme and Rare Sports: Performance Demands, Drivers, Functional Foods, and Nutrition: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Extreme and Rare Sports: Performance Demands, Drivers, Functional Foods, and Nutrition

1st Edition

Edited by Sourya Datta, Debasis Bagchi

CRC Press

352 pages | 6 Color Illus. | 6 B/W Illus.

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Two crucial components of a healthy life are nutrition and exercise. The importance of appropriate diet, food and nutrition are extremely important to be successful in sports, and, especially, in extreme sports. Extreme sport is an activity where a participant must demonstrate both mental and physical skills. This type of activity provides an adrenaline rush to individuals who are part of the "community of extreme sportsmen."

Extreme sports provide opportunity for individuals to be active and fit with added enjoyment of partaking in a fun activity. Extreme sports in conjunction with proper nutrition helps to boost immunity and resistance against common infections. Studies have also exhibited that sports and exercise activities help in managing effective work-life balance as well.

Extreme and Rare Sports: Performance Demands, Drivers, Functional Foods, and Nutrition provides a comprehensive treatise on extreme sports emphasizing the importance of nutrition and research-driven nutraceutical supplements in injury prevention and treatment. The book presents information on the nutritional requirements of sports activities on land, in water, or with high altitude-base. It covers a wide variety of definitions, philosophies, thoughts and practices involved with structurally diverse extreme sports.


  • Discusses specific food and nutritional requirements in extreme sports
  • Provides information on the importance of functional foods, nutrition and structurally diverse phytonutrients for different sports
  • Features information on Olympic and diverse extreme sports
  • Details the importance of hydration and use of gelatin; skeletal muscle damage and recovery from eccentric contractions; and information on dietary supplements and antioxidants
  • Presents analysis on growth, marketing, techniques, and future of extreme sports

Table of Contents

Overview & Evolution of Extreme Sports. What are Extreme Sports? Evolution of Extreme Sports. What Interests People in Extreme Sports? Success for Extreme Sports Enthusiasts? Categories & Types of Extreme Sports & Importance of Nutrition. Categories of Extreme Sports. Types of Extreme Sports & Nutrition Requirements. Paralympics. Factors that Affect Athletes in Extreme Sports. Extreme Sports and Importance of Food and Nutrition for Particular Body Types. Extreme Sports in Truly Extreme Situations. How does Nutrition and Food Requirements Change for High Intensity Life-Savings Occupations? Safety Evaluations. Benefits and Risks of Extreme Sports. Extreme Sports for a Living. Importance of Mental Forte. Importance of Mind in Physical Well-Being and Impact of Food and Nutrition over Mind. Regulations of Sports Nutrition Supplements. Marketing of Extreme Sports & Its Future. Marketing of Extreme Sports. Future of Extreme Sports.

About the Editors

Sourya Datta is supply chain manager in the Business Operations and Strategy Group in eBay. He received his Masters in Business Administration from University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA in Operations and currently working at eBay in the Business Ops and Strategy group. He received his Bachelors of Engineering from Anna University, India and worked in various consulting firms before doing his MBA. Sourya was featured in Poets and Quants as one of the best MBAs in 2015 and has won a number of awards in his tenure at eBay. He is an avid sports fan and has completed various marathons and Spartan races since 2007. He has been swimming since he was 7 years old and has participated and won numerous state level competitions. He has also taken active part in mountaineering, trekking and springboard diving since he was in elementary school. He has participated in various marathons in California and has been intricately associated with nutrition and functional food requirements for sports performance. He is also the author of two important chapters in ‘Developing New Functional Food and Nutraceutical Products’ that was published by Elsevier/Academic Press in Oct 2016.Debasis Bagchi, PhD, MACN, CNS, MAIChE, received his Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry in 1982. Dr. Bagchi is a Professor in the Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Houston, College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, and the Chief Scientific Officer, R&D, Cepham Inc. Piscataway, NJ. He is also an Adjunct Faculty of the School of Pharmacy, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX. He served as the Senior Vice President of Research & Development of InterHealth Nutraceuticals Incorporated in Benicia, CA, from 1998 till Feb 2011. Dr. Bagchi received the Master of American College of Nutrition Award in early October 2010. He is currently the Chairman of International Society of Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods (ISNFF), Past President of American College of Nutrition, Clearwater, FL, and Past Chair of the Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods Division of Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Chicago, IL. He is serving as a Distinguished Advisor on the Japanese Institute for Health Food Standards, Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Bagchi is a Member of the Study Section and Peer Review Committee of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD. Dr. Bagchi has 318 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 30 books and numerous patents. He has delivered invited lectures in various national and international scientific conferences, organized workshops, and group discussion sessions. Dr. Bagchi is also a Member of the Society of Toxicology, Member of the New York Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the Nutrition Research Academy, and Member of the TCE stakeholder Committee of the Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH. Dr. Bagchi is the Associate Editors of the Journal of Functional Foods and the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, and also serving as Editorial Board Member of numerous peer reviewed journals, including Antioxidants & Redox Signaling, Cancer Letters, Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods, The Original Internist, and others.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HEALTH & FITNESS / Nutrition
MEDICAL / Sports Medicine