Los Angeles, CA –
Our bones are the foundation ofour structure, surrounded by muscle and tissue that coordinate to move thesolid pieces of the puzzle that is the human body. Though they’re strong and solid, bones areactually living tissue that responds to forces that act on it; in other words,bones become stronger with activity. Recent research suggests that those who are physically active while theyare young grow large, strong bones for life and this effect persists even as weage.
Researchers compared thedifferences between the throwing and non-throwing arms of major league baseballplayers at different points in their athletic careers. Once the information was compiled, it wascompared with non-baseball players to determine bone size and structure. Over half of the bone size and one third ofthe bone strength received benefit from activity done during youth, and thisbenefit continued as the person aged.
It was very impressive toresearchers that some of the participants in the study had kept their level ofbone density and strength even fifty years after they’d stopped playing thesport.
With this information, theauthors of the study suggested that children should exercise for at least anhour per day, and at least a third of this activity should be devoted toweight-bearing activities. Suchactivities include running, soccer, hopscotch, jumping rope, and other commonchildren’s activities.
While we do lose bone mass overtime as we age, the benefit of bone built up during youth activityremains. IN addition to this, activitybegun at any age has benefits for bone health. Researchers tested participants in the study who remained active, andfound that while bones did stop growing as adults, activity slowed andprevented overall bone loss as a person aged.
Building bone density andstrength is important to prevent falls or other injuries, and stave off theeffects of osteoporosis that commonly appear as we age.
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