Special Issue "Vitamin D and Athletic Performance"

A special issue of Sports (ISSN 2075-4663).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Beat Knechtle

Institute of Primary Care, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
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Interests: endurance; ultra-endurance; master athlete; supplementation; nutrition; swimming; cycling; running

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Insufficiency in Vitamin D is a serious problem in general internal medicine. Different disorders have been shown to be associated with Vitamin D deficiency. Certain populations, such as elderly people, are at an increased risk for osteoporosis and osteoporotic fractures, among other problems.

In athletes, certain populations might be at a higher risk for Vitamin D deficiency. Little is known whether a supplementation in Vitamin D in athletes with deficiency in Vitamin D improves performance.

The first idea of this Special Issue, "Vitamin D and Athletic Performance", is to gain more information on the prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency in different sport disciplines (e.g., indoor sports) and populations (e.g., master athletes). The second idea is to see whether a supplementation of Vitamin D in certain populations of athletes with a deficiency can improve athletic performance.

Prof. Dr. med. Beat Knechtle
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Vitamin
  • supplementation
  • deficiency
  • athlete
  • performance

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