Dutch college proves that cyclists are prone to bone diseases
Resistance training may regulate bone density
According to research with about 93 athletes, carried out by the University of Applied Sciences (HAN), in the Netherlands, it was detected that professional cyclists tend to have low bone density, generating more chances of obtaining fractures and the development of diseases such as osteoporosis.
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In the study, it was diagnosed that athletes who have a low bone density index also have a higher body mass. Furthermore, low body weight, lack of mechanical load, low energy availability and chronic stress were listed as causes of low bone density.
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It was also detected that about 65% of male cyclists with a more advanced career, demonstrate low bone density more evident in the spine, specifically in the lumbar region and only 45% of female athletes appear to have density in the same region. For those who have already ended their careers, 50% of men have low bone density and women, only 20%.
Concluding the research, the University detected that osteogenic activities should be included in the daily lives of cyclists, as well as resistance training that helps regulate bone density levels.
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