While protein needs of both endurance and power athletes are greater than that of non-athletes, they’re not as high as commonly perceived.The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Dietitians of Canada and the American College of Sports Medicine recommend the following for power and endurance athletes, based on body weight:
- Power athletes (strength or speed): 1.2 to 1.7 grams/kilogram a day
- Endurance athletes: 1.2 to 1.4 grams/kilogram a day
By comparison, a sedentary adult male needs about 56 grams of protein a day; for females it’s about 46 grams.
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