Nutrition and the Female Athlete: From Research to Practice

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  • Provides a number of possible explanations for the gender differences in substrate utilization as well as implications for gender-specific nutritional recommendations
  • Tackles the topic of carbohydrate needs of female athletes and the validity of generalizing the current guidelines for carbohydrate replacement before, during, and after exercise
  • Addresses the importance of adequate dietary protein in the diets of female athletes by reviewing the myriad of structural and functional roles that protein plays within the athlete’s body
  • Discusses the effects of inadequate protein intake, particularly in combination with inadequate energy intake, on the health and performance of the female athlete
  • Covers sex differences in thermoregulation and fluid balance
  • Highlights the importance of micronutrients for athletic performance
  • Discusses a set of three distinct yet often interrelated disorders—low energy availability, menstrual dysfunction, and poor bone health—that have come to be known as the female athlete triad


Designed to address the nutritional needs of women over the age of 18 who partake in sports on a regular basis, Nutrition and the Female Athlete: From Research to Practice highlights nutritional concerns specific to active women. It discusses the link between nutrition and athletic performance and translates research into practical applications for health, fitness, and nutrition professionals.

The book addresses gender differences in substrate utilization and the implications for how these differences might translate into different macronutrient requirements for female athletes. It covers vitamins and minerals that are often lacking in the diets of female athletes and presents special considerations for individuals with disordered eating, menstrual dysfunction, and low bone-mineral density.

Table of Contents

Substrate Utilization in Female Athletes: Implications for Fuel Selection and Macronutrient Requirements
Amy C. Maher and Mark A. Tarnopolsky
Carbohydrates Requirements for the Female Athlete
Louise M. Burke and Christine E. Dziedzic
Protein Requirements for the Female Athlete
Nancy R. Rodriguez
Fluid and Electrolyte Requirements for Female Athletes
Megan M. Wenner and Nina S. Stachenfeld
Trace Minerals of Concern for Female Athletes: Iron and Zinc
Pamela Hinton
Nutrients Needed for Optimal Bone Health in the Female Athlete
Kristine Spence
B Vitamins and the Female Athlete
Kathleen Woolf, Dara L. LoBuono, and Melinda M. Manore
The Female Athlete Triad: Introduction—Energy Availability, Menstrual Function, and Bone Health
Katherine A. Beals
Energy Availability, Health, and Performance in the Female Athlete
Katherine A. Beals
Menstrual Function and Dysfunction in the Female Athlete
Anne B. Loucks
Recommendations for Optimizing Bone Strength and Reducing Fracture Risk in Female Athletes
Michelle Barrack

Editor Bio(s)

Katherine Beals is an Associate Professor (Clinical) and Nutrition Clinic Director at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.