Nutrition and the Female Athlete: From Research to Practice

Katherine A. Beals

January 29, 2013 by CRC Press
Reference - 271 Pages - 22 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439849385 - CAT# K12235


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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.