Protein Supplementation: Athlete Performance Presentation

Originally Published: July 6, 2016
Last Updated: March 9, 2021

“Protein Supplementation: Athlete Performance” was presented at the 2016 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar by Jay Hoffman, Ph.D., FACSM, FNSCA, Dir. Institute of Exercise Physiology and Wellness, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Educational and Human Sciences, University of Central Florida.

Abstract: To maximize athlete performance and enhance recovery, the competitive athlete needs to ensure adequate energy and protein consumption. Differences in protein requirements for athletes and non-athletes, and different types of athletes are well acknowledged. Athletes use protein supplements to achieve the recommended protein intakes, and often exceed the recommended amounts. Recently, a number of studies have focused on whether the timing of protein ingestion, as it relates to a workout, enhances protein synthesis and muscle recovery. This lecture focused on protein requirements for athletes, and whether protein timing provides any advantage on affecting performance gains and recovery.

Excerpt from the written summary of this presentation: The RDA for protein represents the amount necessary to maintain nitrogen balance and muscle mass under sedentary conditions. “If protein degradation is greater than protein accretion, then an individual is in negative nitrogen balance, or a catabolic state. Resting is very catabolic. The opposite is true for individuals who exercise and consume adequate protein to stimulate muscle protein synthesis. These individuals are in positive nitrogen balance, or an anabolic state. The combination of feeding protein and exercising is a potent stimulus for protein synthesis,” Hoffman said.

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