How much protein do Athletes need?
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Protein may speed recovery.
Protein intake after exercise may also help speed recovery. This would be important to athletes participating in an extended period of competition. The CrossFit games, for example. Or in similar high output situations. Whey protein hydrolysate increases the rate of recovery after resistance training. When protein is hydrolysated it has been partially broken down. This speeds absorption. Unhydrolysated proteins (normal proteins from food) may take longer. This may mean recovery takes 6 hrs. rather than 24 hrs (Buckley et al. 2010).
Masters athletes may benefit from protein supplements.
Older athletes take longer to recover, and lose ground faster during periods of inactivity. Hydrolysated protein supplements and supplements with high leucine content may help Masters Athletes.
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