Vitamin D supplementation has numerous effects on athletic performance and plays a significant role in preventing an athlete’s risk of getting injuries. Vitamin D has an impact on numerous physiological functions such as: bone health, muscle function, inflammatory response, and immune function. An athlete’s bone and muscle health are essential for maximum performance and career success. A bone fracture due to vitamin D deficiency can delay an athlete’s training and ultimately inhibit obtaining a collegiate scholarship and/or contract. A cross sectional study found that more than half of athletic trainers did not view 25-hydroxyvitamin D(25[OH]) testing and vitamin D supplementation as a necessary use of athletic program funds. There is disagreement over vitamin D in the applied and clinical setting. Further studies are needed in which a host of variables are investigated regarding the optimal dosages of vitamin D supplements for athletes. The objective of this review is to investigate current research looking at the effects of vitamin D supplementation on athletic performance and injury prevention as well as optimal doses of vitamin D3 for athletes. Adequate vitamin D supplementation can be utilized to prevent and reduce the risk of frequent injuries among athletes.
Abushamma, Amani Adeeb
"The Effects of Vitamin D Supplementation on Athletic Performance and Injury Prevention,"
Journal of Sports Medicine and Allied Health Sciences: Official Journal of the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association: Vol. 8:
2, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarworks.bgsu.edu/jsmahs/vol8/iss2/3
Biomechanics Commons, Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Commons, Exercise Science Commons, Human and Clinical Nutrition Commons, Motor Control Commons, Musculoskeletal Diseases Commons, Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases Commons, Orthopedics Commons, Other Food Science Commons, Other Kinesiology Commons, Other Nutrition Commons, Other Physiology Commons, Preventive Medicine Commons, Rehabilitation and Therapy Commons, Sports Medicine Commons, Sports Sciences Commons