The Effects of Exercising in Childhood on Bone Health

Kazuhiro Imai, Jun Iwamoto, Suguru Torii, Atsushi Masujima

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In contemporary Japan, there is a polarizing trend in children who exercise more than 1,800 minutes a week and those who exercise less than 60 minutes a week. Quite a lot of girls in particular hate exercise,and therefore they don't get enough of it. Osteoporosis is a preventable disease from childhood. It is crucial for girls to exercise and to provide appropriate stimulation to bones before menarche, which increases bone mineral content. Exercise and sports in childhood are characterized as the ways to the lifelong prevention strategies against osteoporosis and fractures. It is hoped that all children practice appropriate exercise program based on scientific evidence to promote bone health. In this review article, the effects of exercising in childhood on bone health, and the points to be noted regarding childhood sports are described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-100
Number of pages6
JournalClinical calcium
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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