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Research on Exercise and Hip Strenth in Women

Research on Exercise and Hip Strenth in Women

Are you a female aged between 50 and 70? If so, you may be interested in getting involved in this Flinders University study.

Flinders University 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 are aware, osteoporosis affects approximately 30% of women in their 50s and older; it weakens bones causing bone fractures at diverse anatomical sites including wrists, 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 years 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, as 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 proximal femoral neck cortex, which is the weakest region of the femur.

The study is seeking 10 healthy women aged between 50 and 70 years 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.

Please contact Saulo Martelli on 8201 2674 or email saulo.martelli@flinders.edu.au for more information and to register your interest in being involved.

The study has been approved by the Southern Adelaide Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC/16/SAC/97).