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Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Injuries in Athletes

Today's Dietitian—May 1, 2017

Today's Dietitian featured an HSS study linking lower levels of vitamin D to muscle injuries for athletes.

HSS sports medicine surgeon Scott A. Rodeo, MD, led the study and said "vitamin D has been shown to play a role in muscle function and strength. While most prior studies have focused on the aging population as the group most likely to experience the harmful effects of inadequate vitamin D, few reports have looked at the impact of muscle injury and function in the high-performance athlete."

The study was presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting in March.

"Adequate vitamin D is essential for musculoskeletal structure, function and strength," added Dr. Rodeo.

This article was featured in the May 1, 2017 print edition.

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