The Importance of Protein
One function of protein is that it helps to build and repair
muscles. In the sporting world today, hundreds of athletes develop
injuries ranging from hamstring problems, to dead legs. A large
percentage of injuries were found to be muscle injuries (MedLine Plus, US National Library of Medicine) and as protein is vital for the body to repair, replenish and
rebuild muscle, it is very important that the injured athlete take
enough protein in their diet to ensure a quicker recovery. Higher
levels of protein in the diet have also been linked with athletes
receiving fewer injuries, although this has not been fully tested
yet, there is definetly some truth behind it as more muscle is
built when there is a good level of protein in your diet and more
muscle will mean that you have more protection against knocks and
bangs. This does not neccessarily mean that less muscle injuries
would be recieved with a higher level of muscle mass.
It goes without saying that if an athlete does not eat the
required amount of protein in relation to his/her needs, then
he/she will unfortunately encounter problems in maintaining a high
level of performance due to the fact that recovery from injuries
or aches and pains will take longer and the muscle development
will not only be slower, but limited (Med-Health.net).
Deficiencies can lead to anxiety, weight loss and stubborn wounds
that do not heal. Proteins are made of Amino Acids which can be
split into three groups; Essential, Non-Essential and Conditional.
The conditional proteins are non-essential but become essential at
times of illness or sickness when protein is needed in the body to
repair cells and help fight infection.