1st Edition

Nutrition and Performance in Masters Athletes

Edited By Peter Reaburn Copyright 2015
    393 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Addresses the Aging Process and Its Effect on Sports Performance

    Age-related changes influence all physiological systems, including those used during exercise and sport. Highlighting masters athletes—older adults who train and compete in organized sports—Nutrition and Performance in Masters Athletes examines the extent to which regular physical training can impact these changes. This book bridges the gap between theory and practice, addressing nutritional, exercise and sport sciences, and the actual performance of masters athletes and older exercisers. It reviews in detail many age-related changes that occur in the physiological systems, provides implications of these changes for masters athletes, coaches and clinicians, explores scientifically-based methods to maximize sprint, strength and power, team sport players, endurance and ultra-endurance performance, and focuses on the unique nutritional needs of master athletes.

    Examines the Growing Body of Knowledge on Masters Athletes

    Each chapter has been written by a world-leading authority in their field. Contributors focus on a specific topic and discuss available research. Incorporating information from studies on younger and older athletes and healthy older non-athletes, they help determine the training and nutrition implications for sports medicine professionals and clinicians, masters athletes and coaches, and future research directions for academic and postgraduate students. The book includes material on endurance, ultra-endurance, speed, strength and power, and team sports athletes. Sections cover macronutrients (carbohydrate, fat and protein needs), micronutrients (vitamin and mineral needs), fluids and hydration; supplements and ergogenic aids, nutrition for chronic disease, and the training/nutrition needs of every type of masters athletes.

    Nutrition and Performance in Masters Athletes is highly recommended for medical and health professionals, fellow academics, postgraduates with an interest in masters athletes, as well as masters athlete coaches and masters athletes, and administrators wanting to assist their members.

    Physiological Changes Affecting the Nutritional Needs of Masters Athletes; David Jenkins, Tina Skinner and Kate Bolam

    Physiological Changes Affecting Performance of Masters Athletes; Benjamin J Dascombe, Nathan Elsworthy, Brendan Scott, Dean V Sculley and Peter RJ Reaburn

    Energy Needs of Masters Athletes; Nuala M Byrne and Andrew P Hills

    Carbohydrate Needs of Masters Athletes; Gregory R Cox

    Fat Needs in Masters Athletes; Nathan A Johnson and Stephen R Stannard

    Protein Needs of Masters Athletes; Mark A Tarnopolsky

    Vitamin Needs of Masters Athletes; Jeanick Brisswalter

    Mineral Needs of Masters Athletes; Erica Hirsch, Mrinalini Sharma and Stella Lucia Volpe

    Fluid, Electrolytes and Hydration Needs of Masters Athletes; Kathryn Jackson

    Supplement Use in Masters Athletes; Ben Desbrow, Greg Shaw and Gary Slater

    Ergogenic Aids for Masters Athletes; Vincent J Dalbo, Michael D Roberts and Aaron T Scanlan

    Nutrients, Health and Chronic Disease in Masters Athletes; Janelle A Gifford, Helen T O’Connor, Alexandra L Honey and Ian D Caterson

    Drug and Nutrient Interactions in Masters Athletes; Kathleen M Knights and Arduino A Mangoni

    Training and Nutrition Needs of the Masters Endurance Athlete; Michael Leveritt and Juliet Wiseman

    Training and Nutritional Needs of the Masters Ultra-Endurance Athlete; Paul B Laursen

    Training and Nutritional Needs of the Masters Sprint Athlete; Marko T Korhonen, Marko Haverinen and Hans Degens

    Training and Nutrition Needs of the Masters Strength/Power Athlete; Michael D Roberts, Vincent J Dalbo and Thomas W Buford

    Training and Nutritional Needs of the Masters Team Sport Athlete; Aaron J Coutts, Amy E Mendham and Rob Duffield



    Peter R.J. Reaburn, PhD, is an associate professor of sports science at Central Queensland University in Australia. He completed a first class honors degree and PhD at The University of Queensland, both of which were focused on masters athlete research. He has authored five books, published 12 book chapters, and over 50 peer-reviewed research articles. He writes regular ‘theory to practice’ articles for Cycling Australia, Masters Swimming Australia and the Australian Track and Field Coaches Association Reaburn is a high performance master athlete who has won national championships in a number of sports including the Ironman triathlon.