Body Composition: Health and Performance in Exercise and Sport

Henry C. Lukaski

June 6, 2017 by CRC Press
Reference - 388 Pages - 5 Color & 44 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498731676 - CAT# K26202

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  • Provides a scientific framework to understand the role of body composition for individuals in sports and physically-demanding occupations, including military and public safety professionals
  • Includes state-of-the-art presentations on the role of physical activity in shaping healthy body composition of youth and adults with excess body fat and unhealthy adipose distribution
  • Examines the emerging association between localized body composition and function in assessment of risk of injury
  • Critically evaluates the roles of supplements and dietary protein in performance and body composition of physically active adults
  • Comprehensively discusses the impact of low energy availability on endocrine and metabolic disturbances and body composition outcomes and practical approaches to overcome them


Interest in the relationships between body structure and function in physical activity has persisted for centuries. Body Composition: Health and Performance in Exercise and Sport advances understanding beyond simple descriptions of body physique and composition of athletes and fills gaps in our understanding of the important role of muscle, fat, and bone in facilitating physical performance and health in sports and physically demanding occupations. lt addresses basic, practical, and applied topics in body composition, performance, and health with comprehensive reviews organized in four logical parts: Body Composition Assessment; Physical Activity and Body Composition; Body Composition in Sports and Occupations; and Moderating Factors.

This book integrates state-of-the-art knowledge by international experts in the field and produces an evidence-based practical guide for a balanced understanding of the role and use of body composition assessment in physical performance and health for youth and adults. It also provides a needed link between the practice of body composition assessment and its application by members of public health advisory committees that develop national guidelines for diet, physical activity, and health. This book is suitable for students and professionals in sports nutrition, exercise science, kinesiology, and athletic training. Sport administrators and policy-makers for international and national sport federations and organizations, and national intercollegiate and scholastic federations, would also benefit from this book.


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