chapter  22
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Introduction to Sport Nutrition

The diet will, in particular, be tailored not only to enhance performance, but also limit fatigue, and potential injuries. When nutrition has such a potential role in inuencing the well-being of athletes as well as those engaging in recreational sport activities, it is not surprising that a large market has developed, focusing on nutrition supplements, targeted at strength and endurance enhancement. Various dietary strategies are also advocated, and a sound understanding of nutrition principles is required in order to decipher the evidence-based information from the unsubstantiated commercial solutions. Perhaps not surprisingly, studies have found that athletes have a nutrition knowledge on par with non-athletes, if sometime slightly better, but not to the level of nutrition students.