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New reference book for sports nutrition

24 / 04 / 19

Nutrition for Sport, Exercise and Performance - A practical guide for students, sports enthusiasts and professionals, is a new comprehensive resource for nutrition and exercise science students. The book is edited by three Australian dietitians, Regina Belski, Adrienne Forsyth and Evangeline Mantzioris. Regina is an Advanced Sports Dietitian and is Associate Professor of Dietetics and Course Director at Swinburne University of Technology. Adrienne is an Advanced Sports Dietitian and Accredited Exercise Physiologist and is the Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Human Nutrition at La Trobe University. Evangeline Mantzioris is an Accredited Sports Dietitian and is the Program Director for the Bachelor of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of South Australia.

SRAS advisor and sports dietitian Jeni Pearce has provided the following review:

Sports nutrition is a continuously evolving evidence-based science where students are often faced with complex texts requiring an extensive background in the area.  Nutrition for Sport, Exercise and Performance addresses the fundamentals of sport and exercise nutrition in well-presented bite size chapters with practically applied context. 

The clear learning outcomes and key messages guide students and readers to the important material for each chapter.  Understanding physiology and the application to nutrition in a sporting context is succinctly delivered in the first section.  Defining exercise, types of sport, exercise and physiology terminology along with energy needs and metabolic pathways is expertly handled without overwhelming the reader.  The regular chapters on digestion and macro- and micro-nutrients are concise and include current topics including trans fats, probiotics, alcohol and antioxidants.

Three very useful chapters; Translating nutrition: from nutrient to food, Introduction to diet planning and Working with athletes should be compulsory reading for any practitioner wishing to work with athletes in the area of sports nutrition.  Part two addresses nutrition periodisation and provides a timely reminder that because athletes do not train in the same way each day, they should not eat the same diet every day and covers training and competition nutrition with a range of approaches available (e.g. Train Low) and hydration. The brief chapter on sports supplements could have included information from the recent IOC series.  The chapter on body composition provides a concise summary of the different options available and would perhaps have been better placed before the Introduction to diet planning.  The remaining section on applied sports nutrition is presented by authors who are specialist in their fields in sports nutrition and give valuable insight into each chapter with practical examples and tables. 

The sectioning into sporting codes such as endurance, strength, team sports, weight classes and master’s athletes further reinforces the individualization of sports nutrition practices.  Information on sports nutrition for para-athletes provides a solid introduction with a clear explanation of the categories, training age and nutrition issues with a spinal cord focus. 

The remaining chapters address topics of travel, climatic and environmental challenges, injury and gastrointestinal disturbances and are all well-presented addressing current knowledge and providing practical recommendations.   Targeted specifically for Australasia and the Pacific rim this text is a welcome teaching resource for the undergraduate level and a valuable reference for athletes and emerging sports nutrition professionals.

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