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Clin J Sport Med. 2008 Mar;18(2):159-61. doi: 10.1097/JSM.0b013e3181650eee.

Vitamin D status of females in an elite gymnastics program.

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Department of Sports Medicine, Australian Institute of Sport, Bruce, Australian Capital Territory, Australia. greg.lovell@ausport.gov.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Vitamin D plays an important role in calcium and bone metabolism. In Australia it has been assumed that all young athletes have good vitamin D levels. A survey of females in an elite gymnastics program was undertaken to determine their vitamin D and dietary calcium status.

DESIGN:

Cross-sectional survey.

SETTING:

Females in an elite gymnastics program at the Australian Institute of Sport.

PARTICIPANTS AND OUTCOME MEASURES:

Eighteen female gymnasts aged 10-17 years were assessed for vitamin D status (serum 25[OH]D) and dietary calcium intake.

RESULTS:

Fifteen were found to have levels below current recommended guidelines for optimal bone health (<75 nmol/L). Six had vitamin D levels below 50 nmol/L. Thirteen of the gymnasts also had daily dietary calcium intakes below the daily recommended intake for their age.

CONCLUSIONS:

Gymnasts and possibly other indoor athletes should be carefully reviewed for vitamin D and calcium status.

PMID:
18332692
DOI:
10.1097/JSM.0b013e3181650eee
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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