Why is Protein Important for Recovery?
During exercise, proteins within the muscles are constantly being broken down. To maintain strength, athletes need to stay in a positive protein balance, meaning increased activity levels results in increased protein needs. Furthermore, to promote healing and recovery, adequate protein is required to regenerate the tissues and cells for muscle repair and growth. Amino acids (AA) are the “building blocks” of proteins – there are 22 naturally occurring AA, and together through various combinations, they form proteins.