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Nutrition and the Female Athlete

1st Edition

By Jamie S. Ruud

CRC Press

176 pages

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Hardback: 9780849379178
pub: 1996-08-05

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Whether you exercise for fun, or in competitive situations, you should understand the important role nutrition plays in fitness. This useful new text focuses on nutrition as it specifically relates to female athletes. It addresses topics of major importance to women in sports, coaches, trainers, sports nutritionists, and physicians. Each chapter is a "mini-course" on a particular aspect of nutrition. Subjects include the nutritional practices of female athletes; the requirements for carbohydrates, proteins, and fats; details on vitamins and minerals, with special emphasis on the nutrients of importance to female athletes; the role of water and electrolytes, including prevention of dehydration and guidelines for optimal fluid replacement; body weight and composition; factors affecting energy balance; how to achieve a healthy competitive weight, and an overview of eating disorders in athletes, including definitions and diagnostic criteria, prevalence, risk factors, and effects on health and performance.


"Nutrition information and practices related to female athletes are presented in a concise, easy-to-read style, with emphasis placed on the basics of nutrition and calcium, iron, and zinc needs. The prevalence of anorexia and bulimia, along with their warning signs and effects on health and performance, are discussed. The book successfully compiles theory, science, and application, making it a required reference for professionals."

-SCAN'S Pulse Supplement

"If you are interested in sports nutrition or the nutritional needs of active women, this book will be a great addition to your library."

Journal of the American Dietetic Association

"The price is affordable for most practitioners, the book is well written and flows well, and the book provides theory, science and application. Readers will find Nutrition and the Female Athlete a handy reference when a quick question arises concerning most nutrient needs of the female athlete."

"-Jill Ellis, Ph.D. RD, in Scan's PULSE

Table of Contents

Nutrition Knowledge and Practices of Female Athletes

The Energy Yielding Nutrients: Carbohydrates, Protein, and Fat

The Vitamins

The Minerals

Water and Electrolytes

Body Weight and Body Composition

Eating Disorders in Athletes

About the Series

Nutrition in Exercise & Sport

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Subject Categories

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