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Advanced Sports Nutrition Paperback – December 9, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0736059411 ISBN-10: 0736059415 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (December 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736059415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736059411
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

Advanced Sports Nutrition threads through the clutter of nutritional mumbo-jumbo. With the skill of the Olympic gymnasts and other elite athletes he advises, Dr. Dan Benardot deftly explains the latest scientific findings in lucid prose, emphasizing the importance of commonsense food-based nutrition over gimmicky supplements. A must for the bookshelf of athletes-and their coaches-who seek to fuel their top performance, Advanced Sports Nutrition rates a perfect 10.”

Julia Emmons
Assistant Coach, 2004 U.S. Women's Olympic Track and Field Team

About the Author

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 (www.SportsNutritionClinic.com) 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.


More About the Author

Dan Benardot, PhD, RD, LD, FACSM, is full professor at Georgia State University (GSU). He received his doctorate in human nutrition and health planning from Cornell University in 1980 and is a registered and licensed dietitian. Benardot's primary area of expertise is sports nutrition, with a research emphasis in energy balance and nutrition issues related to young athletes. He cofounded and directs the Laboratory for Elite Athlete Performance at GSU.

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 the medal-winning U.S. marathoners at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. He also worked with the marathoners selected to represent the United States at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. He has served as an officer of the USA Figure Skating Sports Medicine Society and continues to work regularly with national team figure skaters. His research has been funded by several organizations, including the United States Olympic Committee, the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, and the American Cancer Society.

Benardot has received doctor of humane letters, honoris causa, from Marywood University and is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Born in Salonika, Greece, Benardot gained his love for sports while growing up in the Lake Placid region of northern New York. He now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where he enjoys cello, tennis, and photography.

Customer Reviews

The writing style is simple, and the research comprehensive.
James Edgerton
Join it up with a few more books like Nutrition Almanac and you'll be on your way to having whatever you need at your fingertips.
Lyle
Great information provided in concise, easy to understand terms.
Tim Rochford

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lyle on July 10, 2007
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First and foremost, this exceptional book is not a "one stop reference"; thats an idea that people often look for in a book, that probably doesn't really exist. Quality books should be added to your library, taken for what they are and what they offer, and compared to other similar books to create a bigger picture or understanding as it applies to you...there is no single perfect "way" when it comes to nutrition, much like training for your chosen sport. This book is no exception, it is well researched and exceptionally useful, written by an author that applies what he knows to Olympic athletes. As a strength athlete most interested in powerlifting and strongman types of lifting and competition, the chapters referring to this type of training directly are limited and mostly bunched up with wrestlers, etc. under "power athletes", so it isn't exactly what I was looking for, but it still fits the bill in alot of ways as the info is there just not set out by itself under that title. Advanced Sports Nutrition covers a broad range of sports and has tons of useful information on everything nutrition that can be useful to just about anyone. It covers alot of unique as well as general topics. Join it up with a few more books like Nutrition Almanac and you'll be on your way to having whatever you need at your fingertips. This book is worth your time and money, although like myself, you might not realize the extent if its usefulness until you open it up and start putting things together.Read more ›
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Zboro on December 27, 2005
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Great read and reference. Provides the right kind of authoritative benchmark behind the "whys" in planning nutrition for sports and then takes things a step further looking ahead to support planning the how and when to eat for peak performance. Detailed enough for the serious elite athlete yet even without having the science at my finger tips it provides an understandable base line for the weekend jock planning specific sports activity and wanting to do the correct thing...Ties together all those helpful "coach-isms" we all heard over the years and dispells several that were not afterall in our best interest. I'd like to have Dr. B available as my personal trainer.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Al on December 27, 2005
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I have a challenge triathlon this summer with someone 20 years my junior and need all the help I can get! I am already using Dr. Benardot's advice in my training. After becoming frustrated with the plethora of books written by wannabes, I found it quite refreshing to read a factual, evidence-based sports nutrition book written by someone with Dr. Benardot's education and experience.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michael L. Wilson on March 23, 2008
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I ordered this book based on an interview with the author that I heard on NPR. Overall it seemed like a very complete book, but it was far to technical and scientific for me to appreciate it. I gave it 3 stars not because it's not a good book - but it's too advanced for me to give it an accurate review. If you are looking for an easy non technical nutrition book - this isn't it. If you are looking for something a bit meatier, with plenty of scientific technical information - it may be the one you want.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tumblemark on December 11, 2010
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This is a reference book that examines many issues in sports nutrition from technical standpoints. And it covers a lot of ground, including comments on young and older athletes, female athletes, team and endurance athletes, and so on. It isn't a how-to book that offers a few simple instructions, but unlike such books, it steers clear of fads and hocus pocus.

But I wonder about how accurate it is. In some areas where I have expertise, it misses the mark. On hydration for endurance athletes it fails to challenge the marketing spewed out by the Gatorade Sports Science Institute. Admittedly, that's a challenge, but the real science needs to be disseminated to a popular audience. And Dr. Benardot is probably writing before the awareness became widespread that fructose is causing our epidemic of metabolic syndrome. If you take fructose out of sports drinks (remember: athletes in training drink A LOT), and recognize that sucrose (table sugar) is metabolically equivalent to high fructose corn syrup, you're not left with a lot of recipe options: just glucose and maltodextrin for carbohydrate. Ultra-endurance athletes have discovered the WHO oral rehydration salts (ORS) packets; they make pretty close to the optimum sports drink -- except that they taste too salty and not sweet enough for most folks or for commercial success. Benardot fails to mention ORS, that it is the closest thing to ideal hydration in terms of sodium, glucose, and osmolarity, or that the many commercial sports drinks fail to deliver what unbiased science has found to be optimal. (ORS is a fraction of the cost of Gatorade, too.)

On another point, briefly, Benardot discusses the effects of altitude, but he fails to deliver the punch line: live high, train low.
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