The battle for regulatory power is likely to be an ongoing one, but the hope for the future is a dietary supplement industry that provides more scientific, rather than testimonial-based, evidence for the claims being made, and more importantly, one that requires independent testing from a third party to ensure the purity and safety of the ingredients for consumers.
The supplement entries use the symbols listed in the following table to easily identify the supplements that have been proven to be beneficial or possibly beneficial for the corresponding performance variables.
The Athlete’s Guide to Sports Supplements is for athletes, coaches, and trainers seeking information on safe and legal performance-focused supplements. Listed alphabetically, each of the 120 supplements has a detailed description of what it is and how it works, facts on performance benefits, current research, recommended dosages, and health concerns.
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A countless number of new, renamed, and variations of sport supplements flood the market each year. Many of these are accompanied by slick marketing campaigns promising too-good-to-be-true results. For athletes seeking a safe, effective edge to their training and performance, supplements can be a confusing and serious matter.
The Athlete’s Guide to Sports Supplements separates fact from fiction, provides quick answers to the most common questions, and delivers information you can trust.
Sport nutrition and supplement experts Kimberly Mueller and Josh Hingst provide concise descriptions for 120 of today’s most popular supplements. For each entry, you’ll discover what it is, how it works, potential performance benefits, research studies and outcomes, dosage recommendations, and possible health concerns. You’ll also find recommendations for master’s athletes, those competing in extreme environments, and those with special dietary needs, such as food allergies, diabetes, and vegetarian.
Best of all, each supplement is listed alphabetically, providing quick and easy navigation throughout the book. Alternatively, use the supplement finder to locate supplements for a particular purpose, such as recovery, endurance, and strength. And for ease of searching, many of the supplements are thoroughly cross-referenced by scientific and popular names.
With more than 120 supplements, recommendations for all athletes at all levels, and expert advice that you can immediately apply, The Athlete’s Guide to Sports Supplements is the one training and performance resource you’ll turn to again and again.
Chapter 1 Understanding Supplements
Chapter 2 Keys to Peak Performance
Chapter 3 A-to-Z Supplement Guide
Chapter 4 Supplements for Special Groups and Environments
Kimberly Mueller, MS, RD, CSSD is a registered dietitian and board-certified specialist in sportdietetics with immense experience working with athletes competing within the endurance and team-sport arena. She grew up competing in club-level soccer before focusing her attention on the sport of running as a Division I collegiate cross-country and track-and-field athlete. She has also earned accolades as an All-American Triathlete, as well as an elite runner chasing after the Olympic trials standard for the marathon. Kim enjoys using her own practical sport experiences and knowledge of nutrition science to help fellow athletes achieve optimal health and peak fitness performance via creation of custom menu plans and personalized nutrition coaching with her company, Fuel Factor (www.Fuel-Factor.com). Kim’s passion for customized nutrition also led her to help develop and launch Infinit Nutrition (www.infinitnutrition.com), a company that custom-blends functional ingredients to address the performance and health goals of recreational and professional athletes, including those competing in such prestigious events as Tour de France and Formula 500. She is well known for her nutrition clinics and as a contributor to books such as The Performance Zone, The Woman Triathlete, Triathlon Revolution, Racing Weight, The New Rules of Marathon, and Half Marathon Nutrition. As a nutrition coach for Infinite Running (www.infiniterunning.org), Kim helps elite runners develop daily and race-day nutrition strategies that enhance endurance, facilitate optimal recovery, and protect against performance staleness. Kim lives in San Diego, where she is actively involved with several athletic groups, including the San Diego Track Club and Triathlon Club of San Diego. In 2013, she began a new journey as mom to her beautiful baby girl, Kaia Lyn.
Josh Hingst, MS, RD, CSCS, head strength coach with the Philadelphia Eagles, is a specialist in the fields of nutrition and strength and conditioning, giving him unique expertise in understanding how nutrition and supplementation can complement strength training. He has worked extensively with strength and power athletes in sports such as Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting, bodybuilding, football, basketball, and baseball. His professional licenses and certifications include registered dietitian and certified strength and conditioning specialist.
Prior to his work with the Philadelphia Eagles, Hingst was assistant strength and conditioning coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. He also spent three years as the director of sport nutrition at the University of Nebraska. In that role he directed programs in body composition analysis, nutrition education, performance fueling strategies, eating disorder prevention and counseling, and sport supplements and hydration. Before joining the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Hingst served as team nutritionist for the Atlanta Falcons during their 2008 season, after spending five years in strength and conditioning and sport nutrition capacities at Florida State. During his time at FSU, Hingst earned his master's degree in clinical nutrition with an emphasis in sport nutrition. He received bachelor's degrees in nutrition sciences and dietetics and exercise science from Nebraska in 2001.
“The Athlete’s Guide to Sports Supplements includes the latest information on a variety of popular supplements. For athletes and sport professionals, it is the most credible evidence-based guide available.“
Tom Myslinski-- Strength and Conditioning Coach Jacksonville Jaguars
“The Athlete’s Guide to Sports Supplements offers grounded insight for athletes."
Dave Ellis, RD, CSCS-- Past President Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association Ambassador
"The Athlete’s Guide to Sports Supplements is an indispensable resource for any athlete considering the use of supplements."