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The Biochemical Basis of Sports Performance


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Preface 1: Introduction: The biochemical basis of exercise and sport Learning Objectives Introduction Historical perspective Evolution of records The appliance of science The abuse of science Key points 2: The Weightlifter Learning Objectives Introduction Muscle structure and function Proteins: structural and functional characteristics Proteins as enzymes Energy for muscle contraction Nutritional effects on strength training and performance Key points Selected further reading 3: The Sprinter Learning Objectives Introduction Anaerobic metabolism Metabolic response to very high intensity exercise Loss of adenine nucleotides The cellular energy charge and the adenylate pool Causes of fatigue in sprinting Post-exercise recovery: the resynthesis of phosphocreatine Nutritional effects on sprint performance Key Points Selected further reading 4: Middle Distance Events Learning Objectives Introduction Energy and oxygen cost of middle distance runnning Glycolysis The glycolytic pathway Oxidative metabolism of carbohydrate Fatigue mechanisms in middle distance events Recovery after exercise Nutritional effects on the performance of the middle distance athlete Key points Selected further reading 5: The endurance athlete Learning objectives Introduction Energy supply Aerobic power Fractional utilization of aerobic capacity Energy metabolism Integration and regulation of fuel use Fatigue in prolonged exercise The role of the brain in fatigue Nutrition and endurance exercise performance Key points Selected Further reading 6: The Games Player Learning Objectives Introduction Activity patterns and work rate in games play Metabolic responses to intermittent high-intensity exercise Fatigue in multiple sprint sports Nutritional strategies for team sports athletes Key points Selected further reading 7: Sporting Talent: The genetic basis of athletic capability Learning Objectives Introduction; factors determining success in sport The nature of genetic material Principles of heredity Gene doping: a realistic prospect? Key points Selected further reading 8: Adaptations to training Learning Objectives Introduction Training strategies and the associated adaptations Training for strength Training for speed Training for middle distance: increasing anaerobic capacity Training for endurance: increasing aerobic capacity Mechanisms and limitations to adaptation Overreaching and overtraining Exercise training, immune function, and susceptibility to infection Effects of detraining Nutritional effects on training adaptation Free radicals and antioxidants Key points Selected further reading Appendices Key concepts in physical, organic and biological chemistry Glossary of abbreviations and biochemical terminology Units commonly used in biochemistry and physiology Index

About the Author

Michael Gleeson is Professor of Exercise Biochemistry, and Ronald Maughan is Professor of Sport and Exercise Nutrition, both at the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Loughborough University, UK


I believe that this book really does fill a gap most texts don't address and I would recommend it without hesitation. Les Tumility, Aberystwyth University
This well-written book does an excellent job of sorting through the volumes of information on physiology and sports to provide key concepts necessary in order to maximise performance while minimizing injury and overtraining. * University of Tennessee at Knoxville *

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