Vitamin D’s Proposed Role in COVID-19 and the Management of Athletes

Monday, October 19
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Central Time)
CE: 1.0
Level 2 (intermediate knowledge/experience)
Activity Code: 158776

The resumption of professional sports has cast a spotlight on the relationship between athletes and COVID-19. This session will review the current literature on this relationship, including clarifying the impact of COVID-19 on athletes and discussing immunology of vitamin D that may impact prevention of COVID-19 in athletes. Speakers will use the current evidence base to recommend vitamin D dosing strategies for athletes who have tested positive and determine methods for incorporating recovering athletes into a return-to-play protocol. Speakers will also outline a team-based approach to providing athlete care in an NCAA Division 1 setting.

Planned with the Committee for Lifelong Learning

Learning Objectives:

  • Relate the metabolic functions of vitamin D to proposed prophylactic, immunoregulatory, and neuroprotective effects of vitamin D supplementation for COVID-19
  • Develop evidence-based nutrition strategies for athletes to mitigate health risks associated with COVID-19
  • Recommend nutrition guidelines for incorporation into return-to-play protocols for athletes diagnosed with COVID-19

Performance Indicators:

  • 10.2.5 Develops nutrition prescription to communicate required food and nutrient needs.
  • 6.2.3 Interprets data to make recommendations and to inform decisions.
  • 8.3.6 Keeps abreast of current nutrition and dietetics knowledge and trends.


  • Vitamin Ds Proposed Role in COVID-19 and the Management of Athletes -

    Caroline Mandel, MS, RD, CSSD,

    Director of Performance Nutrition, University of Michigan Athletics

    University of Michigan Athletics

  • Speaker(s)

  • Vitamin Ds Proposed Role in COVID-19 and the Management of Athletes -

    Amy Powell, MD, FACP, FAMSSM

    Team Physician, University of Utah Associate Professor, Dept of Orthopaedics Adjunct Associate Professor, Dept of Medicine

    University of Utah