Considerations for Supplementing HMB and Leucine for Recovery

by Trisha B. Stavinoha, MS, RD, CSCS
TSAC Report April 2016
Vol 41, Issue 1

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Eating a diet rich in leucine and supplementing HMB may be beneficial for tactical athletes as long as they are following the recommended guidelines.

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This article originally appeared in TSAC Report, the NSCA’s quarterly, online-only publication geared toward the training of tactical athletes, operators, and facilitators. It provides research-based articles, performance drills, and conditioning techniques for operational, tactical athletes. The TSAC Report is only available for NSCA Members. Read more articles from TSAC Report 



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Trisha Stavinoha earned her Master of Science degree in Sport Nutrition from Long Island University. She has been a credentialed sport dietitian and s ...

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