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.
- 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.
List of Contributors
Section 1: Nutrition and Human Health
Chapter 1. Nutritional Supplementation in Health and Sports Performance
Nutritional Supplement Recommendations for Athletes
Summary and Conclusions
Chapter 2. Glycemic Index, Food Exchange Values and Exercise Performance
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
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? 
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
"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 Stars--Doody.com, February 21, 2014