Screening, Assessment, and Treatment for Inadequate Vitamin D Status in Athletes: Development of a Policy for Virginia Tech Athletics

dc.contributor.authorBechard, Alexandra L.en
dc.contributor.committeechairRockwell, Michelle S.en
dc.contributor.committeechairHulver, Matthew W.en
dc.contributor.committeememberZabinsky, Jennifer S.en
dc.contributor.departmentHuman Nutrition, Foods, and Exerciseen
dc.date.accessioned2020-05-14T13:56:29Zen
dc.date.available2020-05-14T13:56:29Zen
dc.date.issued2020-04-29en
dc.description.abstractIn the general population, up to 77% of individuals have inadequate vitamin D concentrations. Athletes are not immune to this pandemic, as many have been identified as having insufficient or deficient 25(OH)D concentrations as well. Insufficient and deficient concentrations of 25(OH)D in athletes have been linked to development of stress fracture, soft tissue injury and upper respiratory tract infection (URTI). With the appropriate tools, sports medicine and sports nutrition practitioners can provide care for at-risk athletes and attenuate the financial, health and sport participation costs of vitamin D related illness and injury. Inconsistencies in the literature and a lack of universal recommendations make it challenging to develop department policies and protocols for athletic education tools. The purpose of this project was twofold: firstly, to create a vitamin D policy based on the literature that may be used by the Virginia Tech Athletic Department. Secondly, to evaluate current Virginia Tech Sports Medicine and Sports Nutrition vitamin D practices and tools to understand the costs and systems that may influence the adoption of the policy while also ensuring current practices and tools are up to date.en
dc.description.degreeMALSen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/98263en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internationalen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/en
dc.subject.cabtDivision Ien
dc.subject.cabtProtocolen
dc.subject.cabtInjuryen
dc.subject.cabtIllnessen
dc.subject.cabtTestingen
dc.titleScreening, Assessment, and Treatment for Inadequate Vitamin D Status in Athletes: Development of a Policy for Virginia Tech Athleticsen
dc.typeReporten
dc.type.dcmitypeTexten
thesis.degree.disciplineApplied Nutrition and Physical Activityen
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
thesis.degree.levelmastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Agricultural and Life Sciencesen
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