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Gymnastics help improve bone profile among girls


A recent  study has revealed that gymnastic training helps improve the bone profile among girls.

According to, rhythmic gymnastics over a long period of time lays a positive impact on the density of bones mainly among adolescent girls.

The study was conducted by a group of researchers at the University of Athens, Greece. It led to the discovery of an association between weight bearing workouts and a rise in bone density and strength.

Doing rhythmic gymnastics could help improve bone strength and density among adolescent girls

During the study researchers investigated bone density, mineral content of the bones and cortical thickness in 49 girls aged between 9 and 13. Out of these about 26 girls were rhythmic gymnasts.

As reported by, the findings revealed that girls who were active rhythmic gymnastics had a better bone profile.

“However, to our knowledge, this is the first study to examine the effect of long-term elite rhythmic gymnastics on bone geometry using peripheral quantitative computed tomography (pQCT) along with detailed evaluation of bone turnover markers,” explained Symeon Tournis, lead researcher.  The study is due to be published in the journal of the Endocrine Society, Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).

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