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I. Wolinsky and J. Driskell , 2008. 288 pages, Hard cover, US $124.95/ Can $124.95/ £79.99ISBN- 10:9780849379505.
This book was written as part of a series of sport nutrition texts designed to aid health and nutritional professionals. The goal of the book is to offer the latest knowledge and research in energy metabolism and exercise. Contributions for the book come from over twenty sports nutrition professionals including medical doctors, dietitians, and academic researchers.
The simple layout contains nine chapters divided into three sections: energy yielding nutrients, estimation of energy requirements, and physiological aspects of energy metabolism. Individual chapters focus on carbohydrate, fat, and protein energy production, laboratory and field assessment of energy expenditure, and sex, age, and body weight differences in energy needs. Information throughout is often presented at a sophisticated level. A thorough knowledge of biochemistry is required for many equations and diagrams. What few illustrations there are can be found in black and white. The addition of some colorful conceptual figures would aid in making this book a more pleasurable read. The quality of information written is impressive, with numerous references made to important historical and recent studies within each chapter. References are listed at the end of the chapter and are current up until 2007. An index can also be found at the back of the book to aid the reader in locating important concepts that may occur within multiple chapters.
This book does an incredible job of providing well researched, athlete focused, nutritional information. It would serve as an excellent resource to any health care professional involved with athletic populations.