Nutrition and Enhanced Sports Performance

1st Edition

Muscle Building, Endurance, and Strength

Print ISBN: 9780128100547
eBook ISBN: 9780123964779
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 27th August 2013
Page Count: 568
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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.

Key Features

  • Discusses the impact of nutrition, including food, minerals, vitamins, hormones, trace elements, etc., that can significantly attenuate/improve human performance and sports
  • Addresses the molecular and cellular pathways involved in the physiology of muscle growth and the mechanisms by which nutrients affect muscle health, growth and maintenance
  • Encompasses multiple forms of sports/performance and the salient contribution of appropriate nutrition on special populations, including nutritional guidelines and recommendations to athletes
  • Strong focus on muscle building


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.

Table of Contents



List of Contributors

Section 1: Nutrition and Human Health

Chapter 1. Nutritional Supplementation in Health and Sports Performance



Nutritional Supplement Recommendations for Athletes

Safety Issues

Summary and Conclusions


Chapter 2. Glycemic Index, Food Exchange Values and Exercise Performance

Glycemic Index

Glycemic Load

Glycemic Index, Glycemic Load and Metabolic Responses

Glycemic Index, Metabolic Responses and Exercise Performance

Glycemic Load, Metabolic Responses and Exercise Performance

Food Exchange Values in Health And Exercise



Chapter 3. Performance Enhancement Drugs and Sports Supplements for Resistance Training


Testosterone and Anabolic Steroids

Creatine Monohydrate

Beta-Hydroxy Beta-Methylbutyrate (HMB)



Section 2: Exercise and Human Health

Chapter 4. Exercise and Cardiovascular Disease


Physiological Responses of the Cardiovascular System to Exercise

Exercise and Health

How Much Exercise is Enough? [36]

Are the Benefits of Exercise Universal?


Chapter 5. Resistance Training and Physical Exercise in Human Health

Resistance Training in Human Health



Chapter 6. Psychology and Exercise

Acute and Chronic Psychological Effects of Exercise

Motivation for Exercise Behavior: Why do People Exercise?

Theories and Models Accounting for the Psychological Benefits of Exercise

The “Runners’ High” Phenomenon and the Acute Psychological Effects of Exercise

The Dark Side of Physical Activity: Exercise Addiction




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"The book is detailed and informative without being wordy, and sections can be read out of chronological order. It is filled with helpful figures and tables to highlight important concepts…This is a comprehensive and well-supported book on sport and nutrition. It is easy to read, while providing the audience with good information to implement in the practice setting."  Rating: 5, February 21, 2014