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Protein Needs for Athletes

SCAN dietitians help you to calculate the protein needs of athletes

An Evidence-Based resource from the Sports Dietetics - USA subunit of SCAN.
Protein intake is important to maximize the benefits of exercise. This fact sheet reviews how much and what types of protein are best to maximize muscle growth, as well as tips for protein-rich meals and snacks.
Written by SCAN registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) to provide nutrition guidance. The key to optimal meal planning is individualization. Contact a SCAN RDN or a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) for personalized nutrition plans. Access “Find a SCAN RDN” at or by phone at 800.249.2875.
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