Last week I wrote a blog highlighting the importance of strength training for young soccer players, using results from a study conducted on an English Premiere League teams 1st, 21-U, and 18-U clubs. (If you missed it, click here).
This week, I want to share an interesting finding involving Vitamin D deficiency in elite Danish swimmers.
Most people with a basic understanding of nutrition know that Vitamin D is very important for bone health and metabolism. However, the discovery of Vitamin D receptors in muscle cells may indicate that it may also play a role in muscle contraction and athletic performance.
Recently, a study conducted on elite Danish swimmers reported an association between Vitamin D status and muscular strength. The main finding was that muscular strength as assessed by hand grip, was significantly higher in swimmers with sufficient Vitamin D status.
Now the most common way to get Vitamin D is through direct exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun, the rest having to come through diet and supplementation. Now I find this interesting, because it’s not uncommon for the sun to take a vacation for a while during Canadian winters. In addition, with swimmers training indoors for hours a day, they might find it especially difficult to meet their daily requirements during the winter months.
I hope you found this read intriguing and thought provoking. If you would like to know more about sport specific training or exercise nutrition, stop into SST and try out our excellent Butts & Guts Boot camp.
Head Strength Coach, SST Burlington
MSc candidate, Physiology & Nutrition