Dr. Mel Williams presents nearly every current nutritional, pharmacological, physiological, biomechanical, and psychological means used to aid sports performance. He expertly rates more than 60 sports ergogenics based on the following criteria: sport-specific effectiveness, safety, legal aspects, and ethical concerns. Also included is a complete listing of prohibited substances and treatments.
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"The Ergogenics Edge is a book that can be thoroughly recommended in this day and age for athletes looking to maximize their potential but wishing to stay within legal limits."
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"Melvin Williams, PhD, ... devoted more than 30 years to research, much of it on sports ergogenics. It is a pleasure to have his thorough analysis, in easily readable language, of what is known in this field. The Ergogenics Edge is highly recommended for anyone interested in optimal performance and making sense of product claims."
Running & FitNewsAbout the Author:
Dr. Mel Williams is a professor in the Department of Exercise Science, Physical Education, and Recreation at Old Dominion University. With more than 30 years of research experience with sports ergogenics, Dr. Williams is both a highly respected scientist and a renowned author. His first book, published in 1974, was one of the first to focus specifically on drugs and sport. His definitive college text, Nutrition for Fitness and Sport, is entering its fifth edition. Dr. Williams is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD).
Apart from his scientific achievements, Williams has coached football and wrestling at the high school level and cross-country at the college level. A competitive road racer for more than 20 years, his most significant performance came in winning the 50 to 59 age group in the 1989 Boston Marathon.
Dr. Williams lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia. His leisure activities include running and training for road racing, traveling to historic sites, and reading historical novels.
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