Exercise and Sport Pharmacology is an essential book for teaching upper-level undergraduates or entry-level graduate students about how drugs can affect exercise and how exercise can affect the action of drugs. It leads students through the related pathology, exercise physiology, and drug action of many of today's chronically used medications, and discusses how drugs can affect exercise performance.

This new second edition of the book is divided into four parts: Section I provides the basics of pharmacology, exercise physiology, autonomic pharmacology, and the stress response; Section II presents chapters on major cardiovascular and respiratory drug classes; Section III describes frequently prescribed medications for such common conditions as diabetes, depression, pain, fever, inflammation, and obesity; and Section IV includes discussions of nutritional supplements and commonly used drugs such as caffeine, nicotine, cannabis, and performance-enhancing drugs. The second edition offers many updates, enhances muscle cell physiology, includes the involvement of the gut microbiome, and each chapter has a new section on the effects of aging.

In Sections II and III, chapters include an overview of the pathology that therapeutic drugs are designed to treat and how the drug works in the human body. In contrast to standard pharmacology texts, Exercise and Sport Pharmacology also includes the effect of exercise on the pathology of the condition and the effect of exercise on how the body responds to a drug. Each chapter has a section on whether the drugs under discussion have performance-enhancing potential. Section IV is concerned with self-medication and drugs or supplements taken without a prescription or with limited medical supervision.

Throughout, figures and tables as well as data from experiments in exercise pharmacology help to illustrate and summarize content. Each chapter opens with an on-going case example to preview and apply chapter content. In the text, boldface terms indicate which concepts are contained in the book's Glossary. Chapters conclude with a Key Concepts Review and Review Questions.

part Section I|80 pages


chapter 1|28 pages

Basic Pharmacology

chapter 2|30 pages

Basics of Exercise Performance

chapter 3|20 pages

Autonomic Pharmacology and Stress

part Section II|110 pages

Cardiovascular and Respiratory Drugs

chapter 4|21 pages

Beta-Blockers and Cardiovascular Disease

chapter 5|23 pages

Cardiovascular Drugs and Hypertension

chapter 6|18 pages


chapter 7|24 pages

Respiratory Agents

chapter 8|22 pages


part Section III|117 pages

Frequently Prescribed Medications

chapter 9|27 pages

Psychotherapeutic Agents

chapter 10|21 pages

Lipid-Modifying Agents

chapter 11|27 pages

Analgesics and Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

chapter 12|40 pages

Antidiabetic and Antiobesity Drugs

part Section IV|96 pages


chapter 13|43 pages

Dietary Supplements

chapter 14|10 pages


chapter 15|19 pages

Ethanol, Nicotine, and Cannabis

chapter 16|22 pages

Performance-Enhancing Substances