Using Protein to Maximize Athletic Performance  - AT152

Using Protein to Maximize Athletic Performance

by Ellen Coleman, MA, MPH, RD, CSSD and Karen Reznik Dolins, EdD, RDN, CSSD
(4.4 / 16 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Athletic Training (1.00 hours)

Price: $29.00
CE-PRO Price: $14.50


A substantial body of research suggests that athletes and active people benefit from a protein intake of 1.2 g/kg/day to 1.7 g/kg/day. This range is higher than the general recommendation of 0.8 g/kg/day to 1 g/kg/day. Because a significant amount of dietary protein is allocated to the muscle growth desired by athletes, additional protein is necessary to support baseline health, such as proper immune function. Additionally, protein choice and timing affects muscle development. This continuing education course discusses how much protein is needed for various types of activities, the optimum carbohydrate-to-protein ratio, the best time to eat protein to maximize muscle building and strength, and the best protein-containing foods for building muscle.


The goal of this continuing education course is to provide registered dietitian nutritionists, fitness professionals and health educators with guidelines to help athletes and active people achieve an optimal protein intake. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify the amount of protein considered optimal for endurance and strength for various types of athletes
  • Describe three strategies to optimize protein intake
  • Provide two examples of high-quality foods that provide 20 g to 25 g of protein

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an multiple professions, including registered dietitians, athletic trainers, fitness professionals and health educators.
Athletic Trainers: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers (provider #P1000). This program has been approved for a maximum of 1 hour of Category A continuing education. Difficulty level: essential
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Athletic Training (provider # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 10/15/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/17/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/17/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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SUSAN S - Egg Harbor township, NJ  ·  Jan 17, 2016
very imformatie, will use this informationin my daily life
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Linda K - Bellevue, WA  ·  Mar 31, 2015
Nutrition and sports-it is nice to see this information for nurses.
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James C - Omaha, NE  ·  Feb 28, 2015
as a crosstrainer and weightlifter I found this very helpful supplement o what I already knew
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Heidi A - Broomfield, CO  ·  Jan 26, 2015
Very informative. I would love to get a detailed diet plan figured out for my age and the amount of exercise I do per week but this did help on the amounts I should be getting
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ADAM B - WEST DES MOINES, IA  ·  Nov 10, 2014
Great. Very useful information when using protein supplements.
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Price: $29.00
CE-PRO Price: $14.50