Core training is one of the most popular terms you will hear thrown around by coaches and athletes, yet many do not fully understand the actual function of the core. Often only thought of as the abdominal muscles, the core actually includes all the muscles from the shoulder to the hip. The function of these muscles are to transfer energy between the legs and the arms. The stronger the core, the more power an athlete can display – whether it be jumping up for a rebound in basketball or swinging a bat in softball.
The amount of protein that an athlete needs is a hotly debated topic. Some peoples’ recommendations vary from as little as 15-20% of total calories consumed to as much as 2.2-3.3g/kg of body weight (1). The NSCA, on the other hand, recommends a more moderate 1.5-2.0g/kg of body weight. With such a range between these recommendations, it is clear that protein consumption is not an exact science, but taking into account a few variables athletes can narrow down how much protein they should be consuming on a daily basis.