Proper nutrition is essential to help athletes recover from workouts and competitions.
It is widely accepted that carbohydrates are a critical fuel source during exercise and also play a major role in promoting recovery after exercise. However, the importance of protein is less understood.
There is no doubt that protein ingestion helps athletes recover from exercise, but questions remain regarding the optimal amount, type and timing of protein needed in order to optimize training-induced adaptations in skeletal muscle.
How much protein do athletes need?
The current dietary reference intake (DRI) for protein for persons over 18 years of age, irrespective of physical activity status, is 0.8 g per kilogram of body weight per day (i.e., 80 g of protein for a 220-pound person).
Why Whey Protein?
Whey protein supplements are convenient and possibly beneficial for some people, but only when taken correctly. Whey makes up about 20 percent of the protein found in milk, according to the University of Illinois McKinley Health Center. Itís one of the highest-quality proteins on the planet. If youíre physically active on a regular basis, whey supplements can help you achieve your bodyís increased need for protein. The same isnít necessarily true if youíre sedentary, so check with your doctor to weigh the pros and cons of whey protein supplementation.