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Date of Graduation

Fall 2014

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Department of Health Sciences


Melissa Rittenhouse


A study was conducted on James Madison University’s campus to assess the knowledge, beliefs, perceptions and habits of protein consumption post resistance training in female student athletes. Sixty-two female athletes who regularly partake in resistance training filled out a recovery-cue questionnaire containing 10 statements/questions on the subject of protein consumption. The data was analyzed using IBM SPSS, Version 21.0 and Microsoft Office Excel. Eight percent of respondents stated they are aware of how much protein they should be consuming post workout, and 21% feel what they consume post workout is an adequate amount of protein for muscle recovery. Forty-six percent of athletes attribute their eating habits to a lack of time, and only 16% list protein shakes as a number one choice of food after resistance training. If more females were aware of the benefits of protein as well as the low risk of excessive muscle growth, protein shakes/supplements could serve as a convenient protein source for proper recovery. This knowledge could help the 69% of female athletes who typically fail to consume 20 grams of protein after lifting.



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