Advanced Sports Nutrition

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Human Kinetics, 2006 - Health & Fitness - 341 pages
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Athletes and coaches are continually seeking ways to maximize efforts in both training and performance. Advanced Sports Nutritionprovides the best research- and results-based information and advice that athletes need to gain an edge physically.

Far beyond the typical food pyramid formula, this comprehensive guide presents cutting-edge nutritional concepts tailored for application by athletes in any sport. World-renowned sports nutritionist Dr. Dan Benardot breaks down the chemistry of improved performance into winning principles that ensure an athlete's key energy systems are properly stocked at all times:

-Time your meals, snacks, fluids, training, and performances to maintain that crucial energy balance throughout each day.

-Digest optimal ratios and quantities of energy nutrients, vitamins, and minerals for any sport.

-Consume the right amount of fluid and electrolytes to avoid dehydration and hyperhydration.

-Identify and maintain a body composition capable of maximal power output with minimal excess weight for specific sports.

-Understand the effects of travel, high altitude, and age on nutritional needs and performance.
The best conditioning regimens and technical instruction are beneficial only if the body's engine is properly fueled and ready to operate at peak efficiency. Use Advanced Sports Nutritionto ensure that your body is running on the highest-grade fuel every time you compete or train.

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Dr Benardot was firstly mentioned in the nutrition course I attended via Coursera and I will start to learn something about sports nutrition

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Dan Benardot, PhD, DHC, RD, LD, FACSM is an associate professor in the division of nutrition, School of Health Professions, and an associate professor in the department of kinesiology and health at Georgia State University. He serves as codirector of the Laboratory for Elite Athlete Performance, where athletes receive training and nutrition plans that assist them in their pursuit of athletic excellence.

As the national team nutritionist and a founding member of the Athlete Wellness Program for USA Gymnastics, Benardot worked with the gold-medal-winning women's gymnastics team at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and also worked with the medal-winning USA marathoners at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. He has served as an officer of the USA Figure Skating Sports Medicine Society and has had his research funded by several organizations, including the United States Olympic Committee. In addition to working with top athletes from a variety of professional team and individual sports, Benardot serves as the head scientific advisor for Calorie & Pulse Technologies, LLC, which has developed a Web site ( that assists athletes in achieving top performance.

Benardot received his PhD in human nutrition and health planning from Cornell University and a doctor of humane letters, honoris causa, from Marywood University. He is a registered and licensed (Georgia) dietitian of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). In addition to authoring numerous journal publications, he served as editor in chief of ADA's Sports Nutrition: A Guide for Professionals Working With Active People (2nd Edition), is the author of Nutrition for Serious Athletes, and is a coauthor of the ACSM Fitness Book (3rd Edition). Born in Salonika, Greece, Benardot gained his love for sport while growing up in the Lake Placid region of northern New York. He now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where he enjoys tennis and photography.

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