What is it about?

Exercise use to be associated to better bone health, however some types of exports like cycling or swimming has been associated to no so good in bone effects. we aim to describe how the implementation of the whole body vibration training may help to improve the bone formation metabolism in those adolescents who are swimming for many hours a week and could be increasing their bone less than what should be desirable

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Why is it important?

Curiously, the combination of swimming training and this particular vibration protocol led to a decrease in bone formation markers, especially during early puberty. Whole-body vibration might not induce an osteogenic stimulus in adolescent swimmers.


I hope that people reading this article understand that having a bone mass similar to sedentary adolescents is not enough to guarantee a healthy bone later in live. The risk of osteoporosis in elderly will be the same which is very worry. exercise may help to reduce the risk of osteoporosis but not specifically swimming so it is very important to complete the swimming training with other stimulus that improve bone formation metabolisms.

Dr German Vicente-Rodriguez
University of Zaragoza

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This page is a summary of: Effects of whole-body vibration training on bone density and turnover markers in adolescent swimmers, Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism, March 2020, De Gruyter,
DOI: 10.1515/jpem-2019-0400.
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