Physically active youths at less risk of fracture

25 March 2013

Young people that are physically active will be less likely to need a hip op when they are older to correct a fracture, according to a new study

Researchers in Sweden found that engaging in exercise during our youth can reduce fracture risk later on in life.

Bjorn Rosengren from Skane University Hospital and lead author on the study, explained this is due to the increase in peak bone mass that occurs in growing children that "perform regular physical activity".

The discovery was made when Dr Rosengren and his colleagues conducted a population-based controlled exercise intervention over six years in children aged between seven and nine.

In the group that received an "exercise intervention", there were 72 fractures, while in the control group 143 experienced fractures.

Simultaneously, a retrospective cross-sectional study was conducted among former male athletes to determine how many had suffered fractures in old age.

"Increased activity in the younger ages helped induce higher bone mass and improve skeletal size in girls without increasing the fracture risk," Dr Rosengren explained. "Our study highlights yet another reason why kids need to get regular daily exercise to improve their health both now and in the future."

Posted by Philip Briggs

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