The combination of carbohydrates and protein immediately after a game creates a stimulatory effect for muscle growth, muscle repair, muscle retention, glycogen replenishment and enhanced hydration.
What you eat is important, how much of it you eat is important and when you eat it is important.
In the big picture of things, the first two are more important than the latter. But, if you want optimal performance combined with optimal recovery, you’re going to want to care about all three factors.
“Hey Coach, what should I eat after a game?” This is a question I have received hundreds of times across my career, and for a good reason.