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
This course is intended for multiple professions, including registered dietitians, fitness professionals and health educators.
Health Educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.
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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.