Complete Guide to Food for Sports Performance

Complete Guide to Food for Sports Performance : A Guide to Peak Nutrition for Your Sport

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Whatever your sport, if you are an athlete, it is essential to have your body working at peak efficiency. You want your training to provide maximum benefit and you want to achieve peak performance when you compete. In order to achieve these goals you need to understand how food and fluid intakes can be used by your body.

In the search for the winning edge, the benefits of good nutrition have largely been overlooked until recently. But in contemporary sport, nutrition holds the greatest potential benefit for competitors - for the least effort.

Louise Bourke initially trained as a triathlete and competed in seven international Ironman events. She then completed a PhD in Sports Nutrition before taking up her present position as dietitian at the Australian Institute of Sport. Her book presents nutrition as an integrated part of an athlete's total performance-enhancing package. She converts general nutrition and exercise physiology information into a plan for day-to-day practice for training and competition. She outlines important differences in nutritional needs for different sports, including the timing of food and liquid intake, and the best foods to achieve maximum energy output.

The second part of the book is unique in that it contains case studies oand discussions of typical dietary problems, enabling athletes and coaches to tailor a diet uniquely suited to individual needs, including the need for weight gain or loss.

Until you understand the relationship between nutrition and performance, you cannot manage your total program effectively. This book can give you the edge you need.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 19.05mm | 430.91g
  • Sydney, Australia
  • English
  • 1863730737
  • 9781863730730

Table of contents

Useful hints and checklist





Part IPrinciples of sport nutrition

1 Training nutrition: the principles of everyday eating

2 Fine tuning - how much and when?

3 Matters of physique - losing and gaining

4 Competition nutrition

5 Eating to recover

6 Pills and potions

Part IISports nutrition in action





Distance Running

Middle distance running

Jumps, sprints and hurdles

Strength sports - Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting and throwing events

Body building

Wrestling and boxing

Gymnastics and diving


Australian Rules Football

Rugby League

Soccer and field hockey

Basketball and netball




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About Louise Burke

Louise Burke trained as an athlete and competed in international Ironman events. She has a PhD in Sports Nutrition and is dietitian at the Australian Institute of Sports.
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