Positive Effects Of Exercise On Falls And Fracture Risk In Osteopenic Women

Publication

Osteoporosis International

Date Published

11 January 2008

Author

S. R. Hourigan, J. C. Nitz & S. G. Brauer, S. O’Neill, J. Wong, C. A. Richardson

Summary

Exercise may affect osteopenic women at risk of falls and fractures. This study supports a preventative exercise approach that aims to reduce risk factors for fractures and falls, in women already at risk, through balance training and weight-bearing activity. Specific workstation exercises can significantly improve balance and strength in osteopenic women. This type of training may also positively influence bone density although further study is required with intervention over a longer period. A preventative exercise program may reduce the risk of falls and fractures in osteopenic women already at risk.

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