Using Protein to Maximize Athletic Performance - RD152

Using Protein to Maximize Athletic Performance

by Ellen Coleman, MA, MPH, RD, CSSD and Karen Reznik Dolins, EdD, RDN, CSSD, CD-N
(4.6 / 48 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (1.00 CPEU)

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


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 multiple professions, including dietitians, fitness professionals and health educators.
Dietitians: 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.
Relias LLC, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials.  This course is a Level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 2000, 2020, 2070, 2110, 4000, 4060 and performance indicators of 8.1.2, 8.1.3, 8.2.1, 8.2.4, 8.2.5, 8.3.2, 8.3.6, 8.3.7.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
This program has been approved for fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM). Granting prior approval does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.

Course Originally Released on: 10/15/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/17/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 11/30/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC 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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Brian B - Oxford, OH  ·  Dec 20, 2019
protein makes the world go round.
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Jerry M - Meridian, ID  ·  Nov 18, 2019
I enjoyed the content.
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Nicole O - Roscoe, IL  ·  Feb 16, 2019
nice overview with kg/kg recommendations
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Amber S - Beavercreek, OH  ·  Sep 20, 2018
very good, better able to explain to others
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Johnson H - winnipeg, MB  ·  Mar 30, 2017
If you have any background in sports nutrition, there is no new or interesting information you don't already know
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Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00