Role of Vitamin D in Athletes and Their Performance: Current Concepts and New Trends



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Puente Yagüe, Miriam de la and Collado Yurrita, Luis Rodolfo and Ciudad Cabañas, María José and Cuadrado Cenzual, María Ángeles (2020) Role of Vitamin D in Athletes and Their Performance: Current Concepts and New Trends. Nutrients, 12 (2). p. 579. ISSN 2072-6643

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We are currently experiencing a vitamin D (VITD) deficiency pandemic across the world. Athletes have the same predisposition to low levels of vitamin D, the majority of its concentrations being below 20 ng/mL in a wide range of sports, especially in the winter months. Vitamin D is important in bone health, but recent research also points out its essential role in extraskeletal functions, including skeletal muscle growth, immune and cardiopulmonary functions and inflammatory modulation, which influence athletic performance. Vitamin D can also interact with extraskeletal tissues to modulate injury recovery and also influence the risk of infection. The data presented in this paper has triggered investigations in relation to the importance of maintaining adequate levels of vitamin D and to the possible positive influence supplementation has on immune and musculoskeletal functions in athletes, benefiting their performance and preventing future injuries. The objective of this review is to describe the latest research conducted on the epidemiology of vitamin D deficiency and its effects on sports performance and musculoskeletal health.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:vitamin D; athletic performance; 25(OH)D; supplementation; deficiency; athlete
Subjects:Medical sciences > Medicine > Immunology
Medical sciences > Medicine > Sports medicine
Medical sciences > Medicine > Musculoskeletal System
ID Code:65908
Deposited On:01 Jun 2021 15:02
Last Modified:02 Jun 2021 06:50

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