Exercise and Hip Strength for Women
We are looking for women between 50 and 70 years of age to volunteer into a research program on exercise and bone health.
As most of you is certainly aware of, osteoporosis affects approximately 30% of women in their 50s and older and it weaken bones causing bone fracture at diverse anatomical sites including wrist, spine and femurs. Among these different fracture types, femoral neck fractures are those carrying the highest morbidity and mortality rates and their incidence is expected to increase in the coming year due to aging of our society.
Most of you will be also aware that exercise is widely recommended as a non-pharmaceutical intervention to promote or maintain bone strength. The evidence available for the femoral neck region is scarce and the optimal type of exercise to promote femoral neck strength is yet unclear.
Emerging evidence is showing that different types of exercise may have a different effect on bone strength and work done at Flinders suggests that exercise targeting the posterior muscle compartment of the thigh may be effective in promoting bone strength in the femoral neck cortex, which is the weakest region of the femur.
We are seeking for 10 healthy women aged between 50 and 70 year of age to undergo a 16-week exercise intervention at the Repatriation General Hospital (Daws Rd, Daw Park SA 5041) and two imaging sessions, which will allow quantifying the effect of exercise. The study will provide both access to the gym and will cover imaging.
The enrolment process will involve completing an eligibility questionnaire, understanding the study procedure provided in writing and explained verbally by the research team, and the signature of a participant informed consent form.
The study has been approved by the Southern Adelaide Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC/16/SAC/97).
Saulo Martelli, PHD