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Exercise Metabolism

Heigenhauser, George J. F.

Section Editor(s): Berry, Michael J. Book Review Editor

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: February 1996 - Volume 28 - Issue 2 - p 275
Book Reviews

$39.00 U.S. ($54.50 Can.), ISBN: 0-87322-453-1, 263 pages

Published by: Human Kinetics, P.O. Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61825-5076, 1995

McMaster University Medical Centre, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Exercise Metabolism

Mark Hargreaves, Editor

This publication by Human Kinetics is one of many informative reference works published that explore both the scientific and applied aspects of exercise sports sciences. Editor Mark Hargreaves has assembled a group of leading authorities in the area of exercise metabolism to produce seven chapters on the topic.

The first six chapters provide a comprehensive overview of substrate utilization during exercise; the last chapter reviews the mechanisms that induce muscle fatigue. Although an attempt has been made to avoid overlap, some topics are discussed in more than one chapter. This is especially true of several aspects of carbohydrate metabolism, touched upon in five of the seven chapters.

Each of the chapters is well written and illustrated with diagrams and tables. The chapters provide a broad overview of lipid, carbohydrate, and amino acid metabolism. Despite the breadth of each chapter, in-depth critical analyses of controversial issues are lacking. As a result, the book would serve as an excellent background resource for individuals at an intermediate understanding of metabolism (fourth-year undergraduate or masters level).

©1996The American College of Sports Medicine