In June 2003, thirty of the world's leading researchers in nutrition met at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. The aim of the conference was to review the latest developments in the world of sport nutrition, to follow up on developments since the previous 1991 conference, and to draw up guidelines to help athletes and coaches optimise their performance by using nutrition to support training and maximise performance in competition. Subjects discussed in this cutting-edge collection include: * energy balance and body composition * the role of carbohydrates * the role of proteins and amino acids * athlete fluid and electrolyte requirements * the use of dietary supplements nutrition and immune function. Participants represent all five continents and are world leading experts in their fields. Some are research pioneers in the sports science laboratory and others lead the way in applied nutrition, spending their daily lives working with elite athletes. This is the first time their collected work has been presented in one volume.Maughan, Ron is the author of 'Food, Nutrition and Sports Performance II The International Olympic Committee Consensus on Sports Nutrition', published 2004 under ISBN 9780415339070 and ISBN 0415339073.