Vitamin D plays a major role in supporting bone health and immune function whilst also having a role in regulating muscle protein synthesis and muscle function, meaning that it may have a potential benefit for improving how boxers adapt to training. In addition, research has also suggested that low vitamin D status is associated with lower bone mineral density meaning that there is potentially a greater risk of such bone injuries as stress fractures. Further to this, during the winter months the occurrence of common colds and flus amongst individuals dramatically increases and during periods of intense training (i.e. during a training camp in preparation for a fight) boxers are also susceptible to fall to illness or infection due to the increased amount and intensity of exercise. Therefore by maintaining adequate vitamin D status may reduce the risk of such infections during the winter months and intense training periods.
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