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Sport Nutrition for Coaches is one of the only texts of its kind available for coaches looking to improve their athletes’ performance through proper nutrition. Never before has a reference been specifically directed toward coaches looking for guidance in this area. With this practical and easy-to-use guide, coaches will be able to help their teams on and off the field.
This text is divided into three parts in order to give coaches a well-rounded look at nutrition for their teams. Part I covers the basics of nutrition. It includes information on proper nutrients, hydration, supplements, and overall diet as well as eating schedules for competitive events and eating to reduce body fat or build muscle. Part II offers advice on working with athletes with unique circumstances, including diabetes, vegetarianism, faith-based diets and fasts, and disordered eating. Part III offers advice on helping athletes plan healthy diets.
This book is much more than a detailed explanation of athletes and nutrition. It’s a comprehensive resource for coaches. Not only does it include all the information coaches need in order to help their athletes be successful, but it is packed with tools to help coaches in this process, including review questions at the end of each chapter, to-do lists, nutrition planning tables, and suggestions for creating a customized Coach’s Notebook.
Leslie Bonci brings years of experience in sport and general nutrition to this text, and this expertise is sure to aid coaches in helping their teams reach their maximum levels of performance. Sport Nutrition for Coaches is a must-read for all coaches looking to design a better overall nutrition program for their athletes.
Leslie J. Bonci, MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN is the director of sport nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She is a certified specialist of sport dietetics, and she has been working in the areas of sport nutrition and general nutrition for over 20 years. Bonci works with sport teams and athletes at all levels. Her work at the professional level includes consulting with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Milwaukee Brewers as well as the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. She also works with the University of Pittsburgh and University of Texas at Austin athletic departments and with coaches and athletes at 45 high schools. Bonci also works with Olympic athletes as a member of the USOC sport nutrition network.
In addition to working with these organizations, Bonci has been a featured speaker at several conferences, including the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the American Dietetic Association, and state coaches’ meetings. She is a regular contributor to the Training and Conditioning Journal and has appeared on NBC’s The Today Show.
In her spare time, Bonci enjoys running, weight training, and watching all levels of sporting events. She resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Frederick, and two sons, both of whom are athletes.