IS A GYMNAST’S PERFORMANCE AND HEALTH AFFECTED BY VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY?

  • Elizabeth J. Bradshaw
  • Kylie Thomas
  • Mark Moresi
  • David Greene
  • Wendy Braybon
  • Kate McGillivray
  • Kylie Andrew
Keywords: impact, load, blood, pQCT, nutrition

Abstract

This study examined the effect of vitamin D deficiency on bone strength and jumping and competition performance in 38 sub-junior gymnasts. Each sub-junior gymnast completed anthropometry, blood, bone (pQCT), and biomechanical jumping tests, as well as a Tanner survey and 3 day food diary. Vitamin D was not related to bone health, and was not positively related to any biomechanical or competition performance measures. The repetitive, high impact training of gymnastics was most important for bone health.
Published
2014-10-05
Section
Coaching and Sports Activities