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The Biochemical Basis of Sports Perfomance - Ronald J Maughan

The Biochemical Basis of Sports Perfomance

Paperback Published: 20th May 2010
ISBN: 9780199208289
Number Of Pages: 336

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Some understanding of the biochemistry of exercise is fundamental to any study of the factors that contribute to sports performance. It is the physical, chemical and biochemical properties of cells and tissues that determine the physiological responses to exercise, and yet the teaching of exercise biochemistry is poorly developed compared with exercise physiology. Where the subject is taught, the student often finds the approach somewhat daunting, with its focus on thermodynamics, chemical structures and metabolic pathways.
Many students find the subject difficult, when it should not be so. This book introduces the student of sports science or exercise physiology to the biochemical processes that underpin exercise performance and the adaptations that occur with training. The focus is on skeletal muscle metabolism and the provision of energy for working muscles and the principles of exercise biochemistry are introduced in a context that is immediately relevant to the student of sports science.
Instead of the traditional approach of working through the main classes of biomolecules and metabolic pathways, the subject is tackled by considering the biochemical processes involved in energy provision for different sports events and the way in which limitations in energy supply can cause fatigue, and thus limit performance. Recovery from exercise is important for athletes who train and compete with only a limited rest period, and the biochemical processes that influence recovery and restoration of performance capacity are also addressed. The processes fuelling the activities that contribute to sport form the core of this book, together with the changes that occur with training and the role of diet in providing the necessary fuels. But sporting talent is a rare gift, and a brief description of its hereditary basis is included.
DT A complete introduction to the biochemical basis of sports performance, appealing to undergraduate students, coaches, and athletes
DT Numerous links made between biochemistry and physiology for an integrated view of the subject
DT The student is directed to carefully chosen further reading articles, allowing them to readily explore key topics in more detail
Online Resource Centre
The Online Resource Centre to accompany The Biochemical Basis of Sports Performance features:
For students:
DT 'In the News' updates
DT Multiple choice questions
DT Hyperlinked bibliography
DT Extended case study following an athlete through a season, with exercises
For lecturers:
DT Figures from the book, available to download

Industry Reviews

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 *

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

ISBN: 9780199208289
ISBN-10: 019920828X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 20th May 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 18.8  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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