Vitamin D and Physical Performance in Athletes

Author(s): Shane D. Scholten, Igor N. Sergeev

Journal Name: Immunology, Endocrine & Metabolic Agents in Medicinal Chemistry (Under Re-organization)
Formerly Current Medicinal Chemistry - Immunology, Endocrine & Metabolic Agents

Volume 14 , Issue 3 , 2014


The prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency in athletes is concerning due to the potential negative effects on physical performance. The concept that vitamin D status positively correlates with measures of muscular strength and cardiorespiratory fitness is receiving increased interest among a wide range of athletes. We reviewed published studies that examined the association of vitamin D status with, and the effect of vitamin D supplementation on measures of athletic performance. An increased vitamin D status was associated with improved athletic performance in only one observational study. Several intervention studies demonstrated that the improvement in muscular strength occurs when athletes with low vitamin D status are restored to vitamin D sufficient status. Further research in various athletic populations is needed to establish the role of vitamin D in athletic performance and optimal vitamin D status in athletes.

Keywords: 25-hydroxyvitamin D, athletic performance, cardiorespiratory fitness, muscle strength, physical performance, vitamin D, vitamin D deficiency.

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Year: 2014
Published on: 19 May, 2015
Page: [152 - 161]
Pages: 10
DOI: 10.2174/187152221403150521105234
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