Athletic Performance

During 2012 at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow conference on Sport and Exercise Medicine, Dr Brian Walker, Head of Sports Medicine at SportScotland Institute of Sport stated:

“…we have embarked on a testing programme for OUR athletes to determine Vitamin D levels and have found that half were deficient.”

Walker was optimistic that correcting this would have benefits for the athletes in the build up to 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games

“Inadequate Vitamin D concentration is detrimental to musculoskeletal performance in athletes” believe his view to be correct as various studies have shown that performances were improved by improving low Vitamin D levels, as well as stress fractures being found to be reduced with adequate Vitamin D supplementation. A study of ballet dancers showed better muscular performance and less injuries with Vitamin D supplements.