D-1 Athletes May Be Lacking in Vitamin D

More than one-third of elite, Division I college athletes may have low levels of vitamin D, reveals a study shared at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

Why does this matter?

Vitamin D is a critical component in allowing the body to absorb the calcium needed to maintain bone mass and minimize musculoskeletal pain and injury risk.

Unfortunately, a lack of vitamin D is prevalent across various populations as well. Why is it especially worrisome amongst college athletes?

According to lead study author Diego Villacis, MD, “Recent studies also have demonstrated that vitamin D levels have a direct relationship with muscle power, force, velocity and optimal bone mass.”

Fortunately, Dr. Villacis suggests a gain in vitamin D can be gained “simply and safely through modification of diet, sunlight exposure, and vitamin D supplementation.”

Below is a display of foods that are great sources of vitamin D.

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