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Research shows that college football players have a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency


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The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recently conducted a study on vitamin D levels in college football players. The study found that 86% of the football players had insufficient vitamin D levels. Of these, 59% were considered vitamin D deficient, and 10% were considered severely deficient. In addition, more muscle injuries and strains were found among the players with lower vitamin D levels. This study validates the connection between muscle health and vitamin D levels, and suggests that early vitamin D treatment may be an effective way to reduce the prevalence of injury among athletes.

Key Takeaways:

  • A recent study conducted by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons discovered that more than half of college football players were vitamin D deficient. College, semi-professional and professional athletes are at risk of musculoskeletal injury due to the high intensity strain put upon the body when engaging in competitive sporting events
  • There was a significantly higher prevalence of muscle strain and injury in those who had lower vitamin D levels. 14 participants had reported missing at least one game as a result of a muscle injury.
  • “Awareness of the potential for vitamin D inadequacy could lead to early recognition of the problem in certain athletes. This could allow for supplementation to bring levels up to normal and potentially prevent future injury.”

“A recent study conducted by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons discovered that more than half of college football players were vitamin D deficient.”

https://www.vitamindcouncil.org/research-shows-that-college-football-players-have-a-high-prevalence-of-vitamin-d-deficiency/