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1st Edition

Nutrition for Elite Athletes

ISBN 9781032098364
Published June 30, 2021 by CRC Press
332 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In order to achieve and maintain peak performance, high-level athletes require the right nutrition at the right time. Nutrition for Elite Athletes provides a comprehensive overview of the latest research on the nutritional requirements of athletes at the top of their game.

Since researchers, clinicians, and graduate students work with certain populations of athletes, such as endurance athletes, and not single nutrients or metabolic systems, this book arranges topics by 1) athletic population and 2) nutrition /exercise interactions that reach across athletic sub‐populations (such as recovery nutrition), instead of by nutrients or metabolic system.

Bringing together the contributions of well-known experts from around the world, the book identifies the nutritional needs of endurance athletes, strength power athletes, team sport athletes, and weight class/aesthetic sport athletes. In addition to coverage of recovery nutrition and energy balance, the book:

  • Reviews the foundations of energy metabolism

  • Considers dietary supplements, food safety, and drug/nutrient/exercise interactions

  • Examines hydration requirements for various types of athletes

  • Explores how vitamins and minerals impact performance

The book assumes an understanding of the terms discussed in introductory nutrition courses as well as an understanding of metabolic systems concepts taught in undergraduate nutrition and exercise physiology courses. By doing so, the authors are able to get right into detailing the nutritional needs of elite athletes.

In addition to its appeal for dieticians, researchers, and clinicians working with elite athletes, this book is suitable for use as a textbook for upper-level exercise nutrition and metabolism courses.

Table of Contents

Foundations of Energy Metabolism
Adam M. Persky, PhD, FACSM and Anne E. Eudy, PharmD

Nutrition for Endurance Athletes
Antonio Herbert Lancha, PhD, Luciana Oquendo Pereira Lancha,PhD, RD, Patrícia Lopes Campos-Ferraz, PhD, and Rodrigo Branco Ferraz, MSc

Dietary Supplements for Endurance Athletes
Melvin H. Williams, PhD, FACSM

Nutrition for Strength Power Athletes
Caoileann H. Murphy, MSc, RD and Stuart M. Phillips, PhD, FACSM, FACN

Dietary Supplements for Strength Power Athletes
Eric S. Rawson, PhD, FACSM, Charles E. Brightbill, MS, and Cortney N. Steele, MS

Nutrition and Dietary Supplements for Team Sport Athletes
Louise Burke, OAM, PhD, APD, FACSM

Nutrition and Dietary Supplements for Aesthetic and Weight-Class Sport Athletes
Jennifer Burris, MS, RD, CSG, CNSC, CSSD, CDE, and Kathleen Woolf, PhD, RD, FACSM

Dietary Supplement (and Food) Safety for Athletes
Ronald J. Maughan, PhD, FACSM

Drug, Nutrient, and Exercise Interactions
Adam M. Persky, PhD, FACSM, Mariana Lucena, PharmD Candidate, and Jayme Hostetter, PharmD Candidate

Nutrition, Exercise, and Immunology
Mary P. Miles, PhD, FACSM

Hydration for High-Level Athletes
Douglas J. Casa, PhD, ATC, FACSM, FNATA, Lawrence E. Armstrong, PhD, FACSM, Mathew S. Ganio, PhD, Stavros A. Kavouras, PhD, FACSM, Rebecca L. Stearns, PhD, ATC, and Jonathan E. Wingo, PhD

Minerals and Athletic Performance
Rachel C. Kelley, MS and Stella Lucia Volpe, PhD, RD, LDN, FACSM


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Eric S. Rawson, PhD, FACSM, is professor and chair of the Department of Exercise Science at Bloomsburg University, Pennsylvania. He earned his PhD in exercise science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he studied under the direction of Dr. Priscilla Clarkson. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Dr. Rawson’s research focuses on the interactions between nutrition and skeletal muscle. In particular, Dr. Rawson has studied the effects of dietary supplements on muscle function.

Stella Lucia Volpe, PhD, RD, LDN, FACSM, is professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences at Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her BS in exercise science is from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Volpe earned her MS in exercise physiology and her PhD in nutrition, both from Virginia Tech. She is also a certified exercise specialist from the American College of Sports Medicine and a registered dietitian. Dr. Volpe’s area of research is in obesity and diabetes prevention, as well as in sports nutrition.