Nutrition: Protein - Youth

Why is protein so important for athletes?
  • Protein helps to repair muscles after strenuous exercise and promotes the growth of muscle tissue.
  • Protein is vital for:
    • Immune system function
    • Proper digestion and absorption of nutrients
    • Hormone function
    • Nutrient transport and regulation of blood volume
  • Although protein is not used to a large extent for energy in the body, it can be under certain circumstances.