Vitamins and Minerals for Football Players

As a student at Steubenville High School, Cody Saltsman earned a number of awards for his accomplishments as a varsity football player. Cody Saltsman attends carefully to his diet and takes a number of vitamin supplements to help him play at the highest possible level.

Although football players need the same vitamins and minerals in their diets as any other person, the intense demands of the game mean that several compounds are particularly essential. Vitamin D deficiencies may put a player at risk of muscle injury, according to a study presented at the 2011 annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. The study showed a distinct correlation between time lost due to injury and vitamin D levels in the deficient range of below 20 nanograms per millileter.

Similarly, the University of Montana has determined that sufficient levels of calcium help football players lower their risk of stress fractures. Adequate calcium levels also help a player’s muscles to flex and relax while iron helps the blood to transport oxygen to the muscles that need it. Vitamin C can help muscles recover after a workout, and vitamin E keeps the body’s cells healthier overall by reducing oxidation.

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