Welcome to this Special Topics Edition on Sports Nutrition for the Strength and Conditioning Journal. This topic is important to the members of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) because it is often the personal trainer and/or strength coach who is asked about topics related to sports nutrition. Our goal with this special issue is to give you the background knowledge to speak intelligently about the topic.
We cover some of the most important issues in the category such as amino acids, caffeine, nutrient timing, protein, and hydration. So if your goal (or our client's goal) is to improve performance or body composition, it would be wise for all fitness professionals to become educated in the sports nutrition and supplement category. The body of evidence in this category is enormous and rapidly expanding. Hence, it is virtually impossible to keep up with the literature unless you work specifically in the field of sports nutrition. As the guest editor, I am hoping that this special issue will push you into thinking beyond the typical “eat more fruits and vegetables” pablum into more creative (and scientifically based) ways of approaching sports nutrition. Too often, the mainstream press promulgates misinformation regarding this robust category, and it is our job to educate our members to the facts regarding this topic.
Many thanks, of course, must be given to the contributors of this issue as well as the NSCA.