As sport has become more professionalised over the last thirty years, so the role of nutrition in promoting health and performance has become ever more important to athletes who search for the extra edge to succeed in their respective sports. With the expansion in the provision of medical and scientific support services in elite sport, those who advise athletes have had to become adept at identifying those dietary strategies that will help them to outperform their competitors.
This book is structured in two parts. The first analyses the science that underpins the nutritional goals of athletes, with a focus on the implications for athletes during training, competition and recovery. The second looks more closely at the practical implications for different sport categories, i.e. those that focus on strength, power or endurance, and on weight category sports, team sports and winter sports.
This volume will be of value to sports dieticians and nutritionists and others involved in the care and support of athletes, as well as to those who take an interest in the subject of sport nutrition and competitive performance. Coaches and athletes will also find much of interest here.
This book is based on the proceedings of the third in a series of Consensus Conferences in Sports Nutrition organised under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee. It was published as a special issue of the Journal of Sports Sciences.
Table of Contents
Preface Foreword Consensus Statement Consensus Conference Participants 1. Energy availability in athletes 2. Carbohydrates for training and competition 3. Dietary protein for athletes: from requirements to optimum adaptation 4. Fluid and electrolyte needs for training, competition and recovery 5. Antioxidant and Vitamin D supplements for athletes: sense or nonsense? 6. Dietary supplements for athletes: emerging trends and recurring themes 7. Strength sports: weightlifting, throwing events, body building, sprints 8. Nutrition for power sports: middle-distance running, track cycling, rowing, canoeing/kayaking, and swimming 9. Endurance sports: marathon, triathlon, road cycling 10. Elite athletes in aesthetic and Olympic weight-class sports and the challenge of weight and body composition 11. Practical strategies for team sports 12. Winter sports
Ron Maughan obtained his BSc (Physiology) and PhD from the University of Aberdeen, and held a lecturing position in Liverpool before returning to Aberdeen where he was based for almost 25 years. He is now a professor at Loughborough University, UK. He has published extensively in the scientific literature, and is on the editorial board of several international journals.
Susan Shirreffs is a lecturer at Loughborough University, UK. She specialises in hydration and is the theme leader of the sport and Exercise Nutrition Theme of The Nutrition Society.