Nutritional Supplementation, Body Composition and Performance in Athletes

A special issue of Life (ISSN 2075-1729). This special issue belongs to the section "Physiology and Pathology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 November 2024 | Viewed by 58

Special Issue Editor

1. Department of Nephrology, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Zaloška 7, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
2. Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, Korytkova ulica 2, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Interests: optimal macro and micronutrients in exercise; plant-based food in sports nutrition; beetroot as ergogenic aid; body mass composition and nutrition practice; phase angle as VO2 max predictor; RED syndrome low and high energetic availability in sports praxis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Optimal nutrition is critical for health, prevention of disease and also for optimal performance. High energetic needs could be problematic from the point of view of macronutrients, especially carbohydrate intake. Regeneration from extreme exercise and the development of maximal sports performance are critical and depend on the nutritional regimen before and after physical exercise and also from general nutrition patterns. Macro- and micronutrient needs are also increased but often difficult to achieve without supplements. Ergogenic aids, especially of plant origin, are very popular but are also dangerous from the point of view of doping. Antioxidant activity and the influence of some phytonutrients like  beetroot could also be critically important for regeneration and for maximal oxygen consumption. Nutritional supplementation could be extremely important in many situations for obtaining the optimal fat-free mass of the athletes. Body mass composition with bioimpedance (BIA) and vectometry (BIVA) using resistance, conductance  and phase angle is useful, practical, repeatable  and convenient to observe athlete’s fat-free mass and also their fat mass. The tendency for an ideal body composition could be problematic because it could have a negative influence on the energetic and regenerative points of the body. Low energetic availability and danger of RED syndrome is very common in professional sportspeople.

Dr. Bojan Knap
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • optimal macro and micronutrients in exercise
  • plant-based food in sports nutrition
  • beetroot as ergogenic aid
  • body mass composition and nutrition practice
  • phase angle as VO2 max predictor
  • RED syndrome low and high energetic availability in sports praxis

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