Special Issue "Dietary Interventions on Sports Metabolism and Immunology"

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643). This special issue belongs to the section "Sports Nutrition".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 March 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Jorge Pérez-Gómez
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Health, Economy, Motricity, and Education (HEME) Research Group, Faculty of Sport Sciences, The University of Extremadura, 10003 Cáceres, Spain
Interests: football training; injury prevention; physiology; physical and sports activities as a strategy to promote a healthy society; physical activity interventions; exercise training physical exercise; physical health; assessment of physical capacity; global health; health; quality of life in groups of subjects and active lifestyle; osteoporosis; fall prevention; body composition
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Dr. Hadi Nobari
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1. Department of Physical Education and Sports, University of Granada, 18010 Granada, Spain
2. HEME Research Group, Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Extremadura, 10003 Cáceres, Spain
3. Department of Exercise Physiology, Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Isfahan, Isfahan 81746-7344, Iran
4. Sports Scientist, Sepahan Football Club, Isfahan 81887-78473, Iran
Interests: sports performance; growth of youth and maturation; external load monitoring; training load; wellbeing; soccer training; injury prevention; strength and conditioning; sports nutrition and supplement; quality of life; reliability; validity of devices
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Dr. Jason Cholewa
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Department of Exercise Physiology, College of Health Sciences, University of Lynchburg, Lynchburg, VA 24501, USA
Interests: human physiology; nutritional interventions; resistance training on human health and performance; immunological responses to training, nutrition, and sports supplementation; body composition, and strength in both young and older adults
Prof. Dr. Katsuhiko Suzuki
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Faculty of Sport Sciences, Waseda University, Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan
Interests: immunology; inflammation; muscle damage; cytokine; leukocyte; oxidative stress
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is now clear that athletes’ performance and behavioral changes in competitions are directly affected by changes in their body metabolism. Additionally, these changes depend on various factors, such as nutrition, hormone secretion, immune system function, and environmental stress conditions of sports. In particular, these changes have all been reported as valid biomarkers that may indicate a non-functional over-reaching state (NFO), overtraining syndrome (OTS), and psychological disorder condition in athletes. On the other hand, dietary and ergogenic supplements have been added as an intervention in athletes’ programs to achieve faster adaptation and manage fatigue from exercise and, in some studies, to make more accurate observations and express results more clearly, as well as measure some variables of laboratory methods that cannot be implemented in humans. In this field, studies are needed in the form of laboratory studies on animals. As a result, this Special Issue will provide ideas on how to prevent these cases with nutritional interventions that coaches and athletes can use to improve performance in sports and competitions.

Authors are invited to submit their work, including original research, reviews, and meta-research, on important issues governing nutrition and performance in sports. Ultimately, the aims of this research topic are:

a) To improve scientific knowledge of sports biochemistry and metabolism with nutrition used in athletes to prevent NFO and OTS;

b) To increase evidence on immune system functions related to nutrient intake in order to prevent NFO and OTS;

c) To increase awareness of nutrition-related animal laboratory studies with the aforementioned objectives.

Dr. Jorge Pérez-Gómez
Dr. Hadi Nobari
Dr. Jason Cholewa
Prof. Dr. Katsuhiko Suzuki
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Nutrients is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • athletes
  • acute response
  • biochemistry
  • cortisol
  • chronic adaptations
  • diet
  • fatigue
  • nutrition
  • NFO or OTS
  • physical fitness

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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