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The Olympic Textbook of Science in Sport

The Olympic Textbook of Science in Sport

Ronald J. Maughan (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-30331-5 February 2009 Wiley-Blackwell 440 Pages


This new volume in the Encyclopaedia of Sports Medicine series, published under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee, delivers an up-to-date, state of the art presentation of the scientific aspects of conditioning, injury prevention, and competition.

The book covers the key areas of scientific knowledge in sport and is divided into: physiology and biochemistry; nutrition; anthropometry; immunology; cell biology; biomechanics, engineering and ergonomics; psychology; pharmacology; limitations to performance; special populations; and exercise and health.

Presented in a clear style and format, The Olympic Textbook of Science in Sport, draws on the expertise of an international collection of contributors who are recognized as leaders in their respective fields. It will be indispensable for all sport scientists and medical doctors who serve athletes and sports teams and is an invaluable reference for students of sport and exercise science.

List of Contributors.



Introduction: Sport, Science and Sports Science (Ronald J. Maughan).

Part 1: Physiology and Biochemistry.

1 Muscle: Producing Force and Movement (Paavo V. Komi and Masaki Ishikawa).

2 Physiological Demands of Sprinting and Multiple-Sprint Sports (Clyde Williams).

3 Physiological Demands of Endurance Exercise (Andrew M. Jones and David C. Poole).

4 Physiological Adaptations to Training (Martin J. Gibala and Mark Rakobowchuk)

5 Skeletal Muscle Metabolic Adaptations to Training (Graham P. Holloway and Lawrence L. Spriet).

Part 2: Nutrition.

6 Nutrition Needs of Athletes (Ronald J. Maughan).

7 Dietary Goals and Eating Strategies (Louise M. Burke).

8 Hydration (Susan M. Shirreffs).

Part 3: Anthropometry.

9 Body Composition and Sports Performance (Timothy Olds).

Part 4: Immunology.

10 Exercise Immunology (Michael Gleeson).

11 Exercise, Inflammation, and Metabolism (Bente K. Pedersen).

Part 5: Cell Biology.

12 Genetic Determinants of Physical Performance (Claude Bouchard and Tuomo Rankinen).

13 Molecular Mechanisms of Adaptations to Training (Frank W. Booth and P. Darrell Neufer).

Part 6: Biomechanics, Engineering, and Ergonomics.

14 Biomechanics of Human Movement and Muscle-Tendon Function (Vasilios Baltzopoulos and Constantinos N. Maganaris).

15 Sports Ergonomics (Thomas Reilly and Adrian Lees).

Part 7: Psychology.

16 Exercise and Psychological Well-being (Panteleimon Ekkekakis and Susan H. Backhouse).

17 Psychological Characteristics of Athletes and their Responses to Sport-Related Stressors (John S. Raglin and Gregory Wilson).

Part 8: Pharmacology.

18 Performance-Enhancing Drugs (Mario Thevis and Wilhelm Schänzer).

Part 9: Limitations to Performance.

19 Cardiorespiratory Limitations to Performance (Niels H. Secher).

20 Metabolic Limitations to Performance (Francis B. Stephens and Paul L. Greenhaff).

21 The Brain and Fatigue (Timothy D. Noakes, Helen Crewe and Ross Tucker).

Part 10: Special Populations.

22 The Young Athlete (Lyle J. Micheli and Margo Mountjoy).

23 The Female Athlete (Myra A. Nimmo).

Part 11: Exercise and Health.

24 Health Benefits of Exercise and Physical Fitness (Michael J. Lamonte, Karl F. Kozlowski and Frank Cerny).


● An up-to-date, state of the art presentation of the scientific aspects of conditioning, injury prevention, and competition
● Content is presented in a clear style and format
● Provides invaluable guidance for all medical doctors and other health personnel who serve athletes and sports teams
● Covers key topics in eleven sections: Physiology; Biochemistry; Nutrition; Anthropometry; Immunology; Cell Biology; Biomechanics, Engineering, and Ergonomics; Psychology; Limitation to Performance; Special Populations; Exercise and Health