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Professional soccer players with more vitamin D had better body parameters – 2014

An evaluation of the levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 and bone turnover markers in professional football players and in physically inactive men.

Physiol Res. 2014;63(2):237-43. Epub 2014 Jan 8.
Solarz K1, Kopeć A, Pietraszewska J, Majda F, Słowińska-Lisowska M, Mędraś M.

Significant correlations with Vitamin D

Body mass (kg) 0.31* heavier
Body cell mass (kg) 0.48**
Total body water (l) 0.41** more water in body
Extracellular water (l) 0.32* more water outside of cells
Intracellular water (l) 0.46** more water inside of cells
Fat free mass (kg) 0.42** less fat
Muscle mass (kg) 0.48** more muscle
Vitamin D intake (yg/d) 0.38** more D in ==> more D in blood
Calcium intake (mg/d) 0.30* more D is associated
with more Calcium too

Table 3. The Spearman rank correlation coefficient (r) between serum levels of 25(OH)D3 and the anthropometric parameters and between serum levels of 25(OH)D3 and the bone turnover markers.
*p<0.05; **p<0.01.

Vitamin D is synthesised in the skin during exposure to sunlight and its fundamental roles are the regulation of calcium and phosphate metabolism and bone mineralisation. The aim of our study was to evaluate serum levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D3, PTH and bone turnover markers (P1NP, OC, beta-CTx, OC/beta-CTx) and the intake of calcium and vitamin D in Polish Professional Football League (Ekstraklasa) players and in young men with a low level of physical activity. Fifty healthy men aged 19 to 34 years were included in the study. We showed that 25(OH)D3 and P1NP levels and OC/beta-CTx were higher in the group of professional football players than in the group of physically inactive men. The daily vitamin D and calcium intake in the group of professional football players was also higher. We showed a significant relationship between 25(OH)D3 levels and body mass, body cell mass, total body water, fat-free mass, muscle mass, vitamin D and calcium intake. Optimum 25(OH)D3 levels were observed in a mere 16.7% of the football players and vitamin D deficiency was observed in the physically inactive men. The level of physical activity, body composition, calcium and vitamin D intake and the duration of exposure to sunlight may significantly affect serum levels of 25(OH)D3.

PMID: 24397809
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Athletes are helped by vitamin D by:

  1. Faster reaction time
  2. Far fewer colds/flus during the winter
  3. Less sore/tired after a workout
  4. Fewer micro-cracks and broken bones
  5. Bones which do break heal much more quickly
  6. Increased VO2 and exercise endurance Feb 2011
  7. Indoor athletes especially need vitamin D
  8. Professional indoor athletes are starting to take vitamin D and/or use UV beds
  9. Olympic athletes have used UV/vitamin D since the 1930's
  10. The biggest gain from the use of vitamin D is by those who exercise less than 2 hours per day.
  11. Reduced muscle fatigue with 10,000 IU vitamin D daily
  12. Muscle strength improved when vitamin D added: 3 Meta-analysis
  13. Reduced Concussions
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