Sutter Health: Muscular Health -

Building Muscle with Protein

Protein is important in everyone’s diet, and for young athletes, it’s essential. Athletic performance typically relies on muscle strength, and muscles need protein to repair and grow. Teen athletes involved in strength and endurance training may need slightly more protein than a non-athlete their age, but it’s a mistake to think you can build muscle and strength simply by eating lots of protein. Eating too much will cause the body to store the extra calories, typically as fat. Eating too little means the body has to supply itself, which could cause muscles to break down. So, what’s the ideal balance?

Injury Prevention

As your young athlete’s game becomes more competitive, the risk of injury grows. Accidents happen, but some injuries are due to poor training practices, a lack of conditioning or insufficient warm- ups, all of which can be prevented. Read on for a comprehensive guide to avoiding sports injuries.

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