This book provides students and scholars with a fail-safe guide to the key concepts in the field of Sport & Exercise Science. Intelligently cross-referenced entries provide a sound map of the multi-disciplinary demands of sport related courses including physical and biological sciences, social science and education. The entries use clear definitions, examples, and suggestions for further reading to explore each discipline.

Nutrition and Biochemistry

Nutrition and biochemistry

Reductionism has driven the subject matter of both biochemistry and nutrition to the level of the molecule, its interactions in the widest sense and its metabolic fate. The idea that a true understanding of the basic components of the system, in this case the chemical substances, themselves can explain life itself underpins the approach but it is realised that emergence, the properties of systems is also of importance. While biochemistry sets out to explain the complex interrelationships of molecules in terms of metabolism, metabolic pathways and regulation in living systems, nutrition aims to elucidate the intake and assimilation of food and how these nutrients are absorbed, digested, converted and used by the body. An understanding of both biochemistry and nutrition ...

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