Physical Activity During Youth May Help Reduce Fracture Risk in Old Age, Skane University Hospital Study
3/25/2013 7:42:55 AM
Get out there and regularly kick that soccer ball around with your kids, you may be helping them prevent a broken hip when they are older, say researchers presenting their work at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s Specialty Day in Chicago, IL. “According to our study, exercise interventions in childhood may be associated with lower fracture risks as people age, due to the increases in peak bone mass that occurs in growing children who perform regular physical activity,” said lead author, Bjorn Rosengren, MD, PhD of Skane University Hospital, Malmo, Sweden. Rosengren and his colleagues conducted a population-based controlled exercise intervention for six years in children age 7-9 years in Malmo, Sweden. In the intervention group 362 girls and 446 boys received 40 minutes of daily physical education at school.