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Nutritional Concerns in Recreation, Exercise, and Sport

1st Edition

Edited by Judy A. Driskell, Ira Wolinsky

CRC Press

368 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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Athletes, coaches, and recreationalists are continually seeking ways to maximize their competitive efforts in both exercise and sport, and from 5km runners to Olympians, most athletes recognize that good nutrition is as crucial to success as ongoing practice and regular exercise. Written and edited by top-notch nutrition and exercise authorities, Nutritional Concerns in Recreation, Exercise, and Sport comprehensively covers the major nutritional concerns related to physical activity and the serious recreationalist and athlete, focusing on core questions in the growing field of sports nutrition.

This valuable resource discusses the central roles macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and water) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) play in healthy nutrition. It includes practical considerations related to hydration, body weight, and the use of nutritional supplements as ergogenic aids. It also discusses the various athletic concerns athletes will likely face during different life stages, such as the young athlete, the pregnant athlete, and the aging athlete.

Concise and extensively referenced, Nutritional Concerns in Recreation, Exercise, and Sport provides the knowledge base athletes need to make well-informed dietary decisions, optimize overall health, and achieve personal performance success.


"… Drs. Driskell and Wolinsky have done an exceptionally good job in assembling information that provides a broad-based overview and detailed discussion of current topics related to physical activity and nutrition. … assembled a group of highly qualified experts from a wide variety of related fields… very user-friendly … If one has questions about the latest findings regarding ‘hot topic" issues related to athletic training and competition (i.e. ergogenic supplements, effect of certain nutrients on athletic performance, changes in nutrition requirements in the life cycle, etc) the answers are easy to locate in this book. I recommend this book highly for anyone who is interested in a well-presented update on the relationship between diet and athletic performance…." — George Liepa, Ph.D., Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, USA

"Nutritional Concerns in Recreation, Exercise, and Sport has an all-star line-up of sports nutrition scientists who have contributed to the book. Edited by Judy A. Driskell and Ira Wolinsky, this book covers a range of topics such as hydration, vitamins, weight management and ergogenic aids. This book is a great resource for both the basic scientist as well as the fitness practitioner." — Jose Antonio, Ph.D., CEO of the International Society of Sports Nutrition

"Nutritional Concerns in Recreation, Exercise and Sport is a well-referenced text book suitable for the college classroom and exercise enthusiast. It contains current information regarding ergogenic aids and other topics in exercise and nutrition. A must read for the informed individual." — Brian C. Leutholtz, Ph.D., FACSM, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, USA

Table of Contents

Energy Requirements, Benjamin F. Miller and Barry Braun

Carbohydrates and Fats, Mark Kern

Proteins, Tom J. Hazell and Peter W. R. Lemon

Vitamins, Young-Nam Kim and Judy A. Driskell

Minerals—Calcium, Magnesium, Chromium, and Boron, Stella L. Volpe

Hydration, Susan M. Kleiner and Douglas S. Kalman

Weight Management, Richard B. Kreider and Colin D. Wilborn

Endurance Performance, Ellen J. Coleman

Nutritional Ergogenic Aids, Abbie E. Smith, Sarah E. Tobkin, Jeffrey R. Stout, and Christopher M. Lockwood

Life Cycle Concerns, Peter R. J. Reaburn and Fiona E. Pelly

About the Editors

Judy Anne Driskell, PhD, RD, is a professor of Nutrition and Health Sciences at the University of Nebraska. She is a member of the American Society for Nutrition, the American College of Sports Medicine, the International Society of Sports Nutrition, the Institute of Food Technologists, and the American Dietetic Association. Dr. Driskell is listed as an expert in B-complex vitamins by the Vitamin Nutrition Information Service.

Ira Wolinsky, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Health and Human Performance at the University of Houston. Dr. Wolinsky has contributed to research mainly in the areas of nutrition and bone, and sports nutrition. He is a member of the American Society for Nutrition and the recipient of several international research fellowships and consultantships to the former Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Hungary, and India. Dr. Wolinsky merited a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship to Greece in 1999.

Subject Categories

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