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Nutrition and Enhanced Sports Performance

Muscle Building, Endurance, and Strength

Nutrition and Enhanced Sports Performance: Muscle Building, Endurance, and Strength provides a comprehensive overview to understanding the integrated impact of nutrition on performance. The book is divided into five main themes:

  • An introductory overview of the role of nutrition in human health
  • Various types of physical exercises, including cardiovascular training, resistance training, aerobic and anaerobic exercise, bioenergetics, and energy balance. This section also covers the nutritional requirements associated with various fitness programs, as well as exercise and nutritional requirements in special populations, including the pre-pubertal, young, elderly, and disabled.
  • Sports and nutritional requirements.
  • The molecular mechanisms involved in muscle building
  • A thorough review of various food, minerals, supplements, phytochemicals, amino acids, transition metals, small molecules and other ergogenic agents that have been implicated in muscle building and human performance

This book is an ideal resource for nutritionists, dietitians, exercise physiologists, health practitioners, researchers, students, athletes, trainers, and all those who wish to broaden their knowledge of nutrition and its role in human performance.


Scientists and researchers, nutritionists, sports and health professionals, trainers and coaches, and University professors, in related fields will use this book as an authoritative resource on the role of nutrition in human performance. Libraries and universities and research institutions will take significant interest in this book.

Hardbound, 568 Pages

Published: August 2013

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-396454-0


  • Preface

      Debasis Bagchi, Sreejayan Nair and Chandan K. Sen


    1. Nutritional Supplementation in Health and Sports Performance

      Sidney J. Stohs and Edeth K. Kitchens

    2. Glycemic Index, Food Exchange Values and Exercise Performance

      Athanasios Jamurtas, Chariklia K. Deli, Kalliopi Georgakouli, and Ioannis Fatouros

    3. Performance Enhancement Drugs and Sports Supplements for Resistance Training

      Lucas Guimarães-Ferreira, Wagner Silva Dantas, Igor Murai, Michael J. Duncan and Nelo Eidy Zanchi Section 2: EXERCISE & HUMAN HEALTH

    4. Exercise and Cardiovascular Disease

      C. Tissa Kappagoda and Ezra A. Amsterdam

    5. Resistance Training and Physical Exercise in Human Health

      Bryan K. Smith and Erik Kirk

    6. Psychology and Exercise

      Atilla Szabo, Mark D. Griffiths and Zsolt Demetrovics

    7. Bone Health, Bone Mineral Density and Sports Performance

      Annie Schtscherbyna, Beatriz Gonçalves Ribeiro and Maria Lucia Fleiuss de Farias

    8. Immune Function, Nutrition and Exercise

      Wataru Aoi, Yuji Naito and Toshikazu Yoshikawa

    9. The Immune Response to Exercise: Effects on Cellular Mobilization, Immune Function and Muscle Regeneration

      Daniel J. Freidenreich and Jeffrey S. Volek Section 3: SPORTS & NUTRITION

    10. Vegetarian Athletes

      Jing Zhou, Jia Li and Wayne Campbell

    11. Nutrition in Combat Sports

      Guilherme G. Artioli, Emerson Franchini, Marina Y. Solis, Aline C. Tritto and Antonio H. Lancha, Jr.

    12. Sumo Wrestling: An Overview

      Taishi Midorikawa, Shizuo Sakamoto and Masakatsu Kondo 

    13. Bioenergetics of Cyclic Sport Activities on Land: Walking, Running and Cycling

      Paola Zamparo, Carlo Capelli and Silvia Pogliaghi

    14. Bioenergetics of Cyclic Sport Activities in Water: Swimming, Rowing, Kayaking

      Paola Zamparo and Marco Bonifazi

    15. Performance Enhancement Drugs and Sports Supplements: A Review of the Evidence

      Gary R. Gaffney

    16. Nutrition and Ultra Endurance: An Overview

      Beat Knechtle

    17. Exercise and Nutritional Benefits for Individuals with a Spinal Cord Injury or Amputation

      Justin W. Keogh

    18. An Overview of Doping in Sports

      Fabian Sanchis-Gomar, Vladimir Martinez-Bello, Helios Pareja-Galeano, Thomas Brioche and Mari Carmen Gómez-Cabrera

    19. Nutrition in Paralympics

      Amitava Das, Debasis Bagchi and Chandan K. Sen

    20. An Overview on the History of Sports Nutrition Beverages

      Gustavo A. Galaz


    21. α-Hydroxyisocaproic acid (HICA)-Effects on Body Composition, Muscle Soreness and Athletic Performance

      Tuomo Ojala, Jacob M. Wilson, Juha J. Hulmi, Tuomo Karila, Timo A. Seppälä and Antti A. Mero

    22. Role of Mammalian Target of Rapamycin (mTOR) in Muscle Growth

      Evgeniy Panzhinskiy, Bruce Culver, Jun Ren, Debasis Bagchi and Sreejayan Nair

    23. Stress Proteins and Heat Shock Proteins: Role in Muscle Building and Sports Nutrition

      Miko Venojärvi, Niku Oksala, Susanna Kinnunen and Mustafa Atalay

    24. Anabolic and Catabolic Signaling Pathways that Regulate Skeletal Muscle Mass

      John J. McCarthy

    25. Muscle Growth, Repair and Preservation: A Mechanistic Approach

      Robert M. Erskine and Hans Degens

    26. Nitric Oxide, Sports Nutrition and Muscle Building

      Lawrence J. Druhan

    27. Role of Nitric Oxide in Sports Nutrition

      Safia Habib and Asif Ali

    28. Blood Rheology, Blood Flow and Human Health

      Philippe Connes, Stéphane Dufour, Aurélien Pichon and Fabrice Favret

    29. Genetic Aspects of Sprint, Strength and Power Performance

      Erik D. Hanson and Nir Enyon

    30. Unraveling the Function of Skeletal Muscle as a Secretory Organ

      Wataru Aoi, Yuji Naito, Tomohisa Takagi and Toshikazu Yoshikawa


    31. The Role of  Testosterone in Nutrition and Sports: An Overview

      Jan Lingen, Hande Hofman and Martin Schönfelder

    32. Nutritional Interventions to Reduce Immune Suppression Post Marathon

      John C. Blocher, Sonja E. Nodland, Don J. Cox, Brian K. McFarlin, Hiroyoshi Moriyama and Yoshiaki Shiojima

    33. Carbohydrate and Muscle Glycogen Metabolism: Exercise Demands and Nutritional Influences

      Anthony L. Almada

    34. An Overview of Adaptogens with a Special Emphasis on Withania and Rhodiola

      Pranay Wal and Ankita Wal

    35. Anabolic Training Response and Clinical Implications

      Jan Sundell

    36. Requirements of Energy, Carbohydrates, Proteins, and Fats for Athletes

      Chad M. Kerksick and Michelle Kulowitz

    37. An Overview of Branched-Chain Amino Acids in Exercise and Sports Nutrition

      Humberto Nicastro, Daniela Fojo Seixas Chaves and Antonio Herbert Lancha, Jr. 

    38. Water, Hydration and Sports Drink

      Flavia Meyer, Brian Weldon Timmons and Boguslaw Wilk

    39. Physiological Basis for Creatine Supplementation in Skeletal Muscle

      William J. Kraemer, Hui-Ying Luk, Joel R. Lombard, Courtenay Dunn-Lewis and Jeff S. Volek

    40. Oral Bioavailability of Creatine Supplements

      Donald W. Miller, Samuel Augustine, Dennis H. Robinson, Jonathan L. Vennerstrom and Jon C. Wagner

    41. An Overview of Carnitine

      Richard J. Bloomer, Tyler M. Farney and Matthew J. McAllister

    42. An Overview of the Influence of Protein Ingestion on Muscle Hypertrophy

      Koji Okamura

    43. An Overview of Ornithine, Arginine and Citrulline in Exercise and Sports Nutrition

      Kohei Takeda and Tohru Takemasa

    44. An Overview on Glycine-Arginine-Alpha-Ketoisocaproic Acid (GAKIC) in Sports Nutrition

      Bruce R. Stevens

    45. L-Arginine and L-Citrulline in Sports Nutrition and Health

      Rachel Botchlett, John M. Lawler and Guoyao Wu

    46. Roles of Chromium(III), Vanadium and Zinc in Sports Nutrition

      John B. Vincent and Yasmin Neggers

    47. An Overview on Beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate (HMB) Supplementation in Skeletal Muscle Function and Sports Performance

      Carlos Hermano J. Pinheiro, Lucas Guimarães-Ferreira, Frederico Gerlinger-Romero and Rui Curi

    48. Role of Astaxanthin in Sports Nutrition

      Robert Capelli, Usha Jenkins and and Gerry R. Cysewski

    49. Ursolic Acid and Maslinic Acid

      Raza Bashir

    50. Plant Borates and Potential Uses to Promote Post-training Recovery and to Mitigate Overtraining Syndrome (OTS).

      Zbigniew Pietrzkowski, John Hunter, Brad Evers and Hartley Pond

    51. An Overview on Caffeine

      Brittanie M. Volk and Brent C. Creighton

    52. Role of Quercetin in Sports Nutrition

      John Seifert

    53. Human Performance and Sports Applications of Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma longifolia)

      Shawn M. Talbott


    54. Nutrition and Dietary Recommendations for Body Builders  

    Phil E. Apong

    55. Performance Nutrition for Young Athletes

    Johneric W. Smith and Asker Jeukendrup


    56. Commentary


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