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Gluten and Athletes

The video and interview from Dr. Peter Osborne has been a big hit for EFI and SPS readers.

This was some feedback and questions one reader gave us:

Hi Rick,

After reading & watching the video it triggered something that could be an answer to my challenges.

I’m a 21 yr old footballer (soccer player) & have been playing since I was seven. I’ve had an injury free career until the age of 18 when I pulled my hamstring & ever since it seems injuries keep following me no matter what I try.

From hip strains, recurring hamstring pulls & groin strains.

My physio & I have worked tirelessly & successfully to rehab the injuries but they comeback later.

The latest injury I’m sitting with right now is a groin strain which is taking over a month now to go away despite adequate rest & rehab routines. I’ve never really thought of my diet being a problem but after reading this I want to know could it be a possibility.

My diet is a typical footballers diet consisting of lots of carbs. Pasta,oats, cornflakes, white rice, maize meal & bread of which I consume a lot of. Any help or suggestion would be great!

Kind regards,

Gloria P from South Africa

Gloria, I asked if Dr. Osborne had some insight for you and here you go:

Gloria P,

In my clinic I help rehab athletes on a daily basis. A certain percentage do not respond adequately to the standard rehabilitative care.

In my experience, these chronic injuries are linked to two things:

  1. Excessive grain/gluten in the diet
  2. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies

It is possible that you are gluten sensitive, and that consuming large quantities of it keeps you body in a perpetual state of inflammation.

This can and often times does pose major problems in athletes with recurring injuries.

Not only is carb loading pro-inflammatory, glutens within grain can trigger intestinal damage that eventually leads to #2 – vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

Lack of vitamins and minerals create an unstable foundation for injuries to heal.

For example: a zinc deficiency will contribute to weakened collagen formation. This weakened state can create more injuries.

My advice is to take the gluten intolerance quiz, have you vitamin and mineral levels checked and take the appropriate actions.

Make sure to let me know how it turns out.

All the best,

Dr. Peter Osborne


If you would like to get more information on Dr. Peter Osborne, you can check out his special report on Bad Food = Injury, here:

P.S. – Here are some other videos and articles from Dr. Peter Osborne:



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