Weight-bearing physical activity for performance and bone health in prepubertal girls

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Carlson, John, Naughton, Geraldine, Morris, Felicity and Wark, J (1997) Weight-bearing physical activity for performance and bone health in prepubertal girls. European Journal of Physical Education, 2 (1). pp. 95-96. ISSN 1362-7120


This study assessed the status of bone and cardiovascular health in young, prepubertal females (aged 9 to 11 years) during a school based intervention program involving weight bearing physical activity. A study of 10 months duration was conducted in four primary schools in the Melbourne suburbs. It involved a physical activity group (n=38) and an aged-matched control group (n=33). Baseline data including pubertal status, health-related fitness, bone mass and body composition were obtained pre and post the intervention programme. All children had their bone mineral density monitored. Bone mineral density and body composition measurements were performed by DXA using the Hologic QDR 2000 bone densitometer. At the completion of the program the activity group had accrued significantly greater bone mass at total body, lumbar spine, leg and femoral neck when expressed as BMC or BMD

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/1233
Official URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/1740898...
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 320000 Medical and Health Sciences
Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Ageing, Rehabilitation, Exercise & Sport Science (CARES)
Keywords weight training, physical activity, bone mass, prepubertal girls, cardiovascular
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