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The Post-Workout Protein Puzzle: Which Protein Packs the Most Punch?

Wells, G Damon MS

Strength & Conditioning Journal: February 2009 - Volume 31 - Issue 1 - pp 27-30
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181956b8b
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CURRENT RESEARCH ON PROTEIN SUPPLEMENTATION HAS FOCUSED ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF POST-WORKOUT (PWO) CONSUMPTION OF SPECIFIC PROTEINS AND/OR AMINO ACIDS. FURTHER RESEARCH SHOWS THAT PWO PROTEIN SUPPLEMENTATION CAN SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE SKELETAL MUSCLE PROTEIN SYNTHESIS AND REDUCE PROTEIN BREAKDOWN IN MUSCLES, ESPECIALLY IF INTAKE IS TIMED PROPERLY. WHOLE FOODS, PROTEIN SUPPLEMENTS, AND AMINO ACID SUPPLEMENTS ARE THE PRIMARY SOURCES OF PWO PROTEIN. MOST COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE PROTEIN SUPPLEMENTS ARE PRODUCED FROM SOURCES SUCH AS MILK, EGG ALBUMIN, SOY, WHEAT, AND COLLAGEN. THIS ARTICLE EXAMINES THE WIDE VARIETY OF PROTEIN SOURCES AND PROPOSES A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE FOR STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACHES.

Department of Physical Education, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York

Damon Wells is an instructor in the Department of Physical Education at the United States Military Academy.

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