Protein Intake for Optimal Sports Performance

Isabel G. Martinez, Sarah K. Skinner, Nicholas A. Burd

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Appropriate nutritional support is important in optimizing sports performance. Adequate protein intake among athletes is imperative, given protein's various roles in supporting physical performance and recovery. The current protein recommendations for athletes are estimated to be ~1.2-2.0. g/kg body weight per day and this estimated value is higher than what is recommended for the general public. This is primarily due to the fact that protein ingestion influences physiological factors that determine physical performance such as muscle remodeling, glycogen resynthesis in certain circumstances, energy production, and maintenance of nonmuscle structural tissues. Aside from ensuring adequacy of protein intake among athletes, other factors such as quality, type, and timing are also important consideration for athletes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNutrition and Enhanced Sports Performance
Subtitle of host publicationMuscle Building, Endurance, and Strength
EditorsDebasis Bagchi, Sreejayan Nair, Chandan K Sen
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780128139226
StatePublished - Oct 10 2018


  • Muscle remodeling
  • Performance
  • Protein
  • Protein synthesis
  • Sports nutrition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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