The Complete Guide to Food for Sports Performance: A Guide to Peak Nutrition for Your Sport

The Complete Guide to Food for Sports Performance: A Guide to Peak Nutrition for Your Sport

The Complete Guide to Food for Sports Performance: A Guide to Peak Nutrition for Your Sport

The Complete Guide to Food for Sports Performance: A Guide to Peak Nutrition for Your Sport

Synopsis

A substantially revised and updated edition of the highly respected guide to using nutrition as an integrated part of an athlete's total performance-enhancing package

Whatever the sport, it is essential for an athlete to have his or her body working at peak efficiency and this book presents nutrition as an integrated part of an athlete's regimen. Training should provide maximum benefit and the athlete should achieve peak performance, and in this guide, general nutrition and exercise physiology information are converted into a plan for day-to-day practice for training and competition preparation. It outlines important differences in nutritional needs for different sports, including the timing of food and liquid intake, and the best foods to achieve maximum energy output. Case studies and discussions of typical dietary problems are included, enabling athletes and coaches to tailor a diet uniquely suited to individual needs, including the need for weight gain or loss. Until an athlete understands the relationship between nutrition and performance, they cannot manage a total program effectively. When everyone in a given competition is highly talented, highly trained, and highly motivated, nutrition will provide the winning edge.

Excerpt

There have been exponential improvements in the science and practice of sports nutrition since the second edition of this book was released in 1995. Australia achieved its best results ever as host of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, then defied tradition by reaching even greater heights at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Many factors contributed, but we like to think that the increasing role of sports dietitians in the preparation of our teams played a role. Certainly, recognition of sports nutrition’s role has grown on our shores, through the work of groups such as Sports Dietitians Australia, and internationally through activities such as the launch of the International Olympic Committee Diploma of Sports Nutrition and the formation of Professionals in Exercise and Sports Nutrition (PINES). Of course, it is much easier to spread knowledge and practice guidelines via the Information Superhighway. It is hard to believe that the second edition of this book was written without the backdrop of the Internet, email, videoconferencing, and universal use of iPods, mobile phones, wireless and digital electronic connections … How did we ever operate back then?

What have been the major changes in sports nutrition over the past fifteen years? A number of expert groups have issued or reissued guidelines for the nutrition of athletes. These include the American College of Sports Medicine (Nutrition for athletes—2009; Creatine—2000; Fluid replacement—2007; Female athlete triad—2007); the International Olympic Committee (Nutrition for sport—2003); Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) (Nutrition for football—2005) and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) (Nutrition for Athletics—2007). The major theme from the most . . .

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