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Research Project: Nutrients, Aging, and Musculoskeletal Function

Location: Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center On Aging

Title: Vitamin D and muscle performance in athletes

item CEGLIA, LISA - Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center On Aging At Tufts University
item TONI, ROBERTO - Tufts University

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/1/2017
Publication Date: 1/1/2018
Citation: Ceglia, L., Toni, R. 2018. Vitamin D and muscle performance in athletes. In: Feldman, D., Editor. Vitamin D. 4th edition. Cambridge, MA: Academic Press. p. 1121-1130.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Vitamin D supplementation has recently gained considerable attention in the sports community as a potential nutritional treatment to enhance athletic performance. Interest in vitamin D supplementation for athletes stems in part from intriguing preclinical studies of vitamin D actions on key muscle biological pathways and from data on muscle performance enhancements in older non-athletic adults. Multiple observational studies in young athletes report a direct association between vitamin D status and muscle strength, power, and recovery from musculoskeletal injury. Yet, clinical trials examining the musculoskeletal responses to supplementation with vitamin D in athletes are limited and report mixed results due in part to small sample size and differences in study design, population, and vitamin D dose. Based on meta-analyses in non-athletic populations, future clinical trials to determine the impact on athletic performance should be conducted in large samples of athletes with undisputed vitamin D deficiency at baseline.