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Nutrition for Sport, Exercise and Performance
A practical guide for students, sports enthusiasts and professionals

Edited By

Adrienne Forsyth

ISBN 9781760297497
Published February 4, 2019 by Routledge
400 Pages

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Book Description

Nutrition before, during and after training or a sporting event can improve the comfort, energy and performance of athletes of all levels, from elite to recreational, as well as providing long-term health benefits. Nutrition for Sport, Exercise and Performance offers a clear, practical and accessible guide to the fundamentals of sport and exercise nutrition.

The expert authors begin by explaining key principles, including understanding energy systems, exercise physiology and metabolism. They cover the basics of digestion, absorption and nutrition; examine the key macronutrients and micronutrients essential for performance; and discuss the process of dietary assessment. Part 2 goes on to explore in detail nutrition for pre- and post-training, hydration, the use of supplements and body composition, and provides guidance on developing plans for both individual athletes and teams. The final component examines specific nutrition issues and special needs, including working with elite athletes, strength-and-power athletes, young, older and disabled athletes, endurance sports, GI disturbances and rehabilitation issues. Cultural issues are also explored, including diets for vegan and vegetarian athletes, and religious perspectives and requirements.

Featuring contributions from a range of sport and exercise nutrition professionals and including practical diet plans, diagrams and the latest research and evidence throughout, this is a core reference for undergraduates, nutritionists and trainers.

Table of Contents

Part 1. The science of nutrition and sport
1. Introduction to sport and exercise
2. Energy for sport and exercise
3. Digestion and absorption of macronutrients in sport and exercise
4. Macronutrients
5. Micronutrients and antioxidants
6. Translating nutrition: From nutrients to foods
7. Dietary assessment
8. Introduction to diet planning

Part 2. Nutrition for exercise
9. Macronutrient periodisation
10. Exercise nutrition
11. Hydration
12. Sports supplements
13. Changing body composition and anthropometry

Part 3. Applied sports nutrition
14. Endurance sports
15. Strength and power athletes
16. Team sport athletes
17. Weight category and aesthetic sport athletes
18. Young athletes
19. Masters athletes
20. Paralympic athletes
21. Travelling athletes
22. Environmental and climate considerations for athletes
23. Gastrointestinal disturbances in athletes
24. Nutrition support for injury management and rehabilitation
25. Cultural perspectives
26. Working with athletes


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Regina Belski is an Advanced Sports Dietitian and is Associate Professor of Dietetics and Course Director at Swinburne University of Technology.

Adrienne Forsyth is an Advanced Sports Dietitian and Accredited Exercise Physiologist and is the Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Human Nutrition at La Trobe University.

Evangeline Mantzioris is an Accredited Sports Dietitian and is the Program Director for the Bachelor of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of South Australia. They have all taught sports nutrition to nutrition and exercise students for many years.