Another article that I chose to delve into is about the link between protein and resistance training. I find this article interesting because I have been a strength and fitness coach for about 7 years, and the battle between whether ingesting excess protein (while in a lifting cycle) helps or not goes back and forth.
The second article I chose to review deals with the use of dietary protein in relation to resistance training. Within this article, there is a debate as to whether excess protein intake helps or hurts athletes who participate in resistance training exercises such as weightlifting. The article explains that "educated sources" give the use of protein while resistance training a bad review and that they more often than not side with the opinion that additional protein is not needed and indeed detrimental to an individuals health. The authors of the article are careful to point out that these "educated sources" are often basing their opinions on data that is taken on subjects who are not athletes and therefore do not function in the same way as those who would be resistance training. They also point out that there is very little data on the use of excess protein in resistance training and that the only way to have correct data is to conduct long term studies on athletes who use and do not use superfluous protein in their diets while resistance training. Ultimately, this article explains that there is not enough "population-specific long term data" and that it will be necessary to have such data to make a realistic assessment of the outcome on this issue.
Due to the fact that this study claims there is not enough long term data to make a realistic data, I think it would be a great idea to do just that. One of the problems would be funding. I would guess that a protein supplement company would be more than happy to fund a long term study like this. The issue with that would be a perceived bias. Would it be in bad practice to receive funding for a study from the very companies that produce the product and make a profit from its sale?