Sprinting has positive effect on bone strength, study says
04 Sep 2017
The positive effects sprinting can have on bone strength have been highlighted in a new research paper.
Published in the scientific journal Osteoporosis International, the new study looked at how a 20 week programme of high intensity strength exercise combined with sprint training affected bone density in a group of 72 men aged between 40 and 85.
The study found the programme was effective at building bone mass mainly in the middle part of the participant’s tibia bones – the large bone in the lower leg.
“Intensive strength and sprint training improves mid-tibia structure and strength in middle-aged and older male sprint athletes,” the study said.
Dawn Skelton, Professor in Ageing and Health at Glasgow Caledonian University said the study “confirms that high intensity strength - and power, which is what sprinting really is - is a good stimulus for bone strength.”
However, she added that the study had limitations and more research was needed in this area, especially on the safety of sprinting and running for people with osteoporosis.
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