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New Book: “The Athlete’s Gut”

The Athlete’s Gut by Dr. Patrick Wilson is an informative guide for endurance athletes to explore the digestive system and troubleshoot gut-related issues. Combining the latest research on exercise and the gut with humorous descriptions and relatable stories, Dr. Wilson makes the often-complicated gastrointestinal system simple with his deep dive into an area most athletes have trouble with. The Athlete’s Gut is now available in bookstores and online. For a preview, visit

The majority of endurance athletes suffer from some kind of gut problem during training and competition. Symptoms like nausea, cramping, bloating, side stitches, and the need to defecate can negatively impact an athlete’s performance. Why are gut problems so common during exercise? And what can athletes do to prevent and manage gut symptoms that occur during training and competition?

The Athlete’s Gut makes sense of the complicated gastrointestinal tract and offers solutions to the tummy troubles that keep athletes from enjoying and excelling in their sport. Written by Patrick Wilson, professor of exercise science and registered dietitian, this gut guide for athletes combines the latest research on exercise and the gut with humorous descriptions and relatable stories. Athletes will better understand the inner workings of their own gut and will be equipped to make the needed changes to diet and exercise to perform—and feel—better.

The Athlete’s Gut: The Inside Science of Digestion, Nutrition, and Stomach Distress

  • Patrick Wilson, PhD, RD
  • Paperback with b&w figures, tables, and charts throughout.
  • 7″ x 9″, 320 pp., $24.95, 9781948007108

Patrick Wilson, PhD, RD, is an associate professor of exercise science at Old Dominion University and has published over 45 original peer-reviewed scientific articles primarily focused on the relationship between gastrointestinal conditions, diet, nutrition, and exercise. He is a registered dietitian and has a PhD in exercise physiology. He continues to teach while serving as Director at the ODU Human Performance Lab, a fitness-testing and exercise-science research facility.

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