Science News Magazine in a May 3rd article notes that studies have shown that exercise really does help build strong bones particularly before puberty. A paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science reports that active people retain 50% of the increased bone size and 30% of the strength gained through exercise in their youth into their 80s. Adam Baxter-Jones of the University of Saskatchewan Canada commented that “Kids who spend their time in front of TV instead of at little league games may miss out on a critical bone-building window that closes at puberty.” If we can get children out and more active we will improve their bone health for life.
I wonder will the increased participation of girls in sports reduce the instance of women’s bone problems (even at the expense of their knees) as these more active girls become adults while at the same time less active boys will regress to the mean?
Will the strongest bones in our children’s bodies as they become adults be their thumb bones from game play and texting? Or will it be the tiny bones in the ears constantly being stressed by non-stop sounds. Note : Sell stock in thumb splint mfg. and buy hearing aid stock.
I personally fell that my cranium will increase in strength due to all the time I have spent butting my head against one wall after another.
I always love it when I see kids outside playing, I have always thought that it had beneficial social implications now it is indicated to have long term physical benefits as well… In a world were schools are banning recess, kids don’t walk to and from school and we live in a world of “Play dates,” parents may need to be role models and facilitators to make this happen.