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Supplements Found To Have Positive Effect On Vitamin-D Deficient Athletes

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As temperatures begin to fall, promising an abundance of snow, many of us will hit the slopes to enjoy the outdoors and the winter sun. But there are also those who train indoors, and skin exposed to sunshine indoors through a window will not produce the needed amounts of vitamin D. In order to find out how this lack of the vitamin impacts the condition of athletes staying inside, UK researchers decided to conduct research to monitor vitamin D-deficient ballet dancers and the effects of supplementation on them.

The four-month study, detailed in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, recruited 24 professional classical ballet dancers that were divided into two groups. Participants in one of the groups were administered oral supplementation of 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 a day, while volunteers in the control group did not take any supplements.

The researchers measured the isometric muscular strength and vertical jump height before and after the end of the study and any injuries sustained by the dancers were recorded by an in-house medical team.

The results from the study pointed to more notable improvements in the muscle strength and vertical performance of the dancers who took vitamin D. The participants in the control group also suffered a greater number of injuries compared to dancers in the first group.

The study proves once again the critical role of vitamin D for bone development. When amounts of this vitamin are insufficient, dancers are more prone to sustaining bone injuries and even muscle injuries, the results from this research suggest.

Researchers at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) and the University of Wolverhampton and dancers at the Birmingham Royal Ballet worked together for the study. The three organisations are founding partners of the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS).