Nutrition and Enhanced Sports Performance

Muscle Building, Endurance, and Strength

Edited by

  • Debasis Bagchi, Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, TX, USA
  • Sreejayan Nair, School of Pharmacy, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, USA
  • Chandan Sen, The Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio, USA

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.

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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.


Book information

  • Published: August 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-396454-0

Table of Contents


  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 GuimarĂŁes-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 GĂłmez-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. SeppĂ€lĂ€ 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 VenojĂ€rvi, 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, StĂ©phane Dufour, AurĂ©lien 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 GuimarĂŁes-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