Sports, Exercise, and Nutritional Genomics

Sports, Exercise, and Nutritional Genomics

Current Status and Future Directions

1st Edition - August 25, 2019

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  • Editors: Debmalya Barh, Ildus Ahmetov
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128161937
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128163405

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Sports, Exercise, and Nutritional Genomics: Current Status and Future Directions is the first reference volume to offer a holistic examination of omics-driven advances across different aspects of exercise and sports physiology, biochemistry, sports medicine, psychology, anthropology, and sports nutrition; and highlighting the opportunities towards advance personalized training and athlete health management. More than 70 international experts from 14 countries have discussed key exercise and sport-related themes through the prism of genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, telomere biology, talent in sport, individual differences in response to regular physical activity, that in the future may empower coaches, sports physicians, fitness experts, genetic counselors, and translational scientists to employ various omics data and approaches in improving health and physical performance of people participating in sports and exercise activities. Contributors address current knowledge of genetic influence on athletic performance, individual responses to exercise training, as well as the genetics of musculoskeletal phenotypes, exercise-related injuries, flexibility, and neurodegenerative disorders in athletes. Finally, performance-related and psychological traits associated with epigenetic, transcriptomic and metagenomic biomarkers are also considered, along with nutritional and pharmacogenomic aids in sports medicine and personalized nutrition.    

Key Features

  • Effectively synthesizes key themes across molecular aspects of exercise and sports sciences
  • Provides a knowledge base for future translation of omics solutions to talent identification, individualized training, and nutrition
  • Features contributions from international experts (researchers and clinicians) in the subject area


Active sports and exercise scientists, basic and translational researchers, clinicians, postgraduates, and students in the areas of human genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics, metagenomics, exercise and sports physiology, sports medicine, behavioral genetics, physical therapy, bioinformatics, and molecular biology; medical students and residents; medical geneticists; pharmacologists; nutritionists; health and fitness experts

Table of Contents

    1. Introduction to genetics of sport and exercise
    2. Heritability estimates of physical performance-related phenotypes
    3. Genes and power athlete status
    4. Genetic profile of elite endurance athletes
    5. Genetics of team sports
    6. Variation of Mitochondrial DNA and elite athletic performance
    7. Psychogenetics and sport

    8. Genes and response to aerobic training
    9. Effect of gene polymorphisms on sensitivity to resistance training
    10. Exercise and DNA methylation in skeletal muscle
    11. Genes and individual responsiveness to exercise-induced fat loss

    12. Genetic and epigenetic determinants of muscle mass
    13. Genetics of flexibility
    14. Genetics of muscle fiber composition

    15. Genetics of musculoskeletal soft tissue injuries: Current status, challenges, and future directions
    16. Genetics of sport-related concussion
    17. The genetic association with exercise-induced muscle damage and muscle injury risk

    18. Personalized sports nutrition: Role of nutrients in athletic performance
    19. Metabolomics and proteomics as tools to advance the understanding of exercise responses: The emerging role of gut microbiota in athlete health and performance
    20. The future of genetically based nutritional and pharmacological ergogenic aids in sport
    21. Perspectives of personalized weight loss interventions based on exercise genomics, nutrigenetic, epigenetic, and metagenomic data in fitness and sport

Product details

  • No. of pages: 606
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2019
  • Published: August 25, 2019
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128161937
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128163405

About the Editors

Debmalya Barh

Debmalya Barh
Debmalya Barh, PhD, holds Master’s and PhD’s degree on Biotechnology and Post-Doc on Bioinformatics. He is honorary Principal Scientist at Centre for Genomics and Applied Gene Technology, Institute of Integrative Omics and Applied Biotechnology, a global platform of multidisciplinary research and advocacy. He has experience with both academic and industrial research and has more than 12 years on bioinformatics and personalized diagnostic/medicine industry experience, with focus on translating academic research into high value commercial products. He has published more than 150 articles in reputed international journals and has edited 15 cutting-edge biotechnology related reference books. He has also co-authored 30+ book chapters. Due to his significant contribution in the field, he has been recognized by Who's Who in the World and Limca Book of Records.

Affiliations and Expertise

Principal Scientist, Centre for Genomics and Applied Gene Technology, Institute of Integrative Omics and Applied Biotechnology, Nonakuri, Purba Medinipur, West Bengal, India

Ildus Ahmetov

Ildus Ahmetov
Senior lecturer in Genetics and Epigenetics of the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, UK. He worked for 15 years in the top research centers of sport science in Russia, collected DNA samples of more than 8000 professional athletes, and published over 150 peer-referred research papers in journals. Dr. Ahmetov’s main research areas include exercise and sports genomics, exercise biochemistry and physiology, behavioral genetics, nutrigenetics, sports medicine, and genetics of obesity. His group was the first to publish a genome-wide association study on athletic performance. Dr. Ahmetov is a member of the Steering Committee of the Athlome Consortium. In addition, he is an associate editor of the journal Biology of Sport.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior lecturer in Genetics and Epigenetics of the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

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  • Biochemist Thu May 21 2020

    Quite ok

    A good book, needs some editing, as a textbook it could use a better introductory section, also needs another proofreading, but otherwise a good overview of very novel data.

  • Alice Tue Oct 15 2019


    I've been looking so long for the definitive answer about how genetic can involved in athletes performance, and thankfully I found this book.

  • Joe Sun Sep 15 2019


    A lot done, more to do... Still far from practice. Anyway thanks to the authors!

  • Dr. R. Sun Sep 01 2019

    Must-read sport science book

    This is a must-read book for anyone wants to understand interindividual variability and individual responses to exercise training.