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This is a presentation for the unit Sports Coaching Pedegogy that I am taking at the University of Canberra.

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  1. 1. IntroductionBackground Elite gymnasts train up to 36 hours a week.  Morning and afternoon sessions, 3 – 4 hours each. Coaches do more hours in side.  Other administration and planning has to be done outside coaching hours.  Ongoing professional development is almost always conducted in a gymnasium. Life is predominantly spent inside. Picture taken at the 2011 WG IDP Clinic in Perth, WA.
  2. 2. Vitamin D Well known for its effect on calcium metabolism and bone health. Increasing research around Vit. D and muscle morphology and function. Assists immune system fight bacteria and viruses.
  3. 3. Indoor vs. Outdoor Main natural source of Vit. D is the sun. Recommended sun exposure: approx. 2 hours a week.
  4. 4. Vitamin D Deficiency Short term vitamin D  Long term vitamin D deficiency may be deficiency may be associated with: associated with:  Depression, and  Increased risk of cancer,  Weakened immune  Rickets (in children), system.  cardiovascular disease,  Multiple sclerosis,  Rheumatoid arthritis,  Type 1 diabetes, and  Osteoporosis. Picture from:
  5. 5. Vitamin D Testing Vit. D testing for athletes is aimed at indoor sports. Coaches are indoors just as much if not more than the athletes.  Regular testing should be conducted for coaches and administrators too. Picture from: vitamin-d/vitamin-d-deficiency/am-i-vitamin-d-deficient/
  6. 6. What Coaches Need AI* of Vit. D for adults is 5 - 10ug/day with an UL** of 80ug/day. Vit.D Age AI UL ug/day ug/day 9 - 19 yrs 5 80 If levels are to low there is an increased risk of Vit. D deficient related illnesses. 19 - 50 yrs 5 80 50 - 70 yrs 10 80 * Adequate Intake, ** Upper Limit. Levels adapted from: Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand
  7. 7. The Answer?If we look after our coaches,we can go from this… …to this!
  8. 8. Conclusion Healthy coaches are happy coaches.  Increased energy levels  Longevity of coaches  Less burnout  Overall a better experience for the athletes Further research  It would be interesting to test a group of coaches, administrators and officials to see if there is any correlation between sports and potential vitamin D deficiencies.
  9. 9. References Lovell, G. (2008). Vitamin D Status of Females in an Elite Gymnastics Program. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine. 18:159–161 Department of Health and Ageing. (2005). Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand. Canberra, Australia. Hamilton, B. (2010). Vitamin D and Human Skeletal Muscle. Journal of medical science and sport. 20:182 – 190.