Research Impact: The ability to sustain high-quality performance during training is a key component for optimal and effective athletic progression. During training programs efficient recovery between exercise bouts, is one aspect subject to modulation. Whey protein is a high-quality source of protein rich in essential amino acids known to enhance muscle protein anabolism, however, its effects on the acute recovery of muscle contractile function are not. Whilst equivocal results are reported between studies, data meta-analysed from thirteen randomised control trials yielded beneficial overall effects for supplemental whey protein, enhancing the acute recovery of contractile function following resistance training.
Davies, R.W.; Carson, B.P.; Jakeman, P.M. The Effect of Whey Protein Supplementation on the Temporal Recovery of Muscle Function Following Resistance Training: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Nutrients 2018, 10, 221. http://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/10/2/221