[quote="Mr. Cleetus"]There are always improvements to be made.
Yes, and people seem to pick and choose their research.
As i've stated several times, Chris Carmichael, long-time coach of Lance Armstrong (and other successful cyclists of course) tells us that the latest research he's seen says that the ideal recovery ratio is 7:1 carbs:protein. He also states that the 'window' is around an hour.
Now, this is the guy who instructs LA, who has won the Tour de France seven times, and finished 3rd this year after 2yrs off any serious racing/training.
Doping accusations aside, i think Carmichael is pretty tuned into sports nutrition, and racing/winning the Tour de France is doubtless one of the most demanding sporting events in the world. 21 days of 6+hr days hammering it out in the saddle. 10k calories burned EACH DAY.
Hardly anyone in the sporting world goes through anything that demanding, and the guy who's won it most is doing a 7:1 recovery program. Carmichael also advocates a lower-protein diet for athletes, in the range of 70-15-15.
Of course there are differences from power lifting, but i would question if the immediate recovery process is all that different between sports. If i understand the process, the goal is to replace lost muscle glycogen ASAP, which gives the muscle the energy to repair itself. Protein or amino acids do indeed assist in absorption of the carbs, but at this stage of recovery, the body isn't actually looking for protein, but carbs.
Protein comes later, once the muscles are ready for it, and their immediate needs (energy) are fulfilled.
It's like having enough bricks to build 10 houses, but it's just you (energy) there to do the building. You're going to get a house built (muscle recovery) much faster with 1 house worth of bricks(protein), and 10 people (energy) there to help build it.