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
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
Tom Myslinski-- Strength and Conditioning Coach Jacksonville
“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