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The Underrated Vitamin

 

–By Shawn Dolan, PhD, RD, CSSD, a sport dietitian with the United States Olympic Committee

Like athletes in other sports, most volleyball players have a general understanding of the importance of major nutrients like carbohydrate, protein and fat to help them train and compete well. However, as a sport dietitian working with the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams, I find few athletes are aware of the important role Vitamin D plays in optimal health and performance.