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News March 2018

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Dartes Promotion with Arla Foods

7 Mar 2018: Those taking part in the March sprints this Sunday will have noticed bottles of milk shakes being distributed, courtesy of Arla Foods. This is part of a campaign to build relationships between Dartes and local businesses to explore mutually beneficial arrangements.

This particular campaign involves free sample bottles of Arla Protein Milk Shake being available at our meets. For the March sprints we had a delicious blend of raspberry and strawberry available. Yorkshire based Arla Foods got to showcase their product to athletes. Dartes swimmers, and those from other competing clubs, got to sample a tasty drink that is high in protein and thus ideal for post training recovery.

As a few of our athletes will learn on the upcoming series of talent camps, protein is needed to help the body repair itself after training. For those not selected for talent camps, we hope to run another of our nutrition seminars later in the year too. Current sports science research shows a clear 'Super Absorption' period within the first 15-30min immediately following training. During this period your body attempts to quickly repair damaged muscle by using as much protein as it can get hold of. Protein being the building blocks that make up your body.

Eat or drink around 20g of protein as soon after training as possible for maximum effect (and definitely within 30mins). It clearly isn't a coincidence that each bottle of Arla protein milk shake does in fact contain 20g of protein. A one-stop solution for what has been a difficult guideline to follow.

Clearly not everyone will enjoy a milkshake. There are other options available, but few as handy as this one. Nuts, seeds, beans, protein bars, or even a chicken sandwich to eat on the way home. But you're looking at a lot of nuts to get 20g inside you. A protein bar might do the job, but check the nutrition label. A lot of the well known brands won't give you anywhere near 20g of protein. Even a large glass of milk will only get you half way there.

If you missed out on the free sample bottles please ask. There were a few left over. We might be able to rustle up a couple for you to try.

A big thank you to Arla Foods for getting involved in this promotion, and to Ben Newnham for making it happen.