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Jump Around for Better Bones


Research by Dr. Andrew Marino, of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery of Louisiana State University, titled “Direct Current and Bone Growth,” sheds some light on a shortcut for increased bone mineral density. His research explored the positive effects of electrical stimulation for bone growth and remodeling. The good news is this process, called electrical osteogenesis, can also be triggered as you land from a jump.

Need some proof? Research published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research tracked elite-level gymnasts 14 years after retirement. It revealed higher bone mineral density of 7% for the lumbar region of the back, and 11% where the femoral neck connects to the hip. These residual benefits are attributed to the impact force of landing jumps.

Good news is it’s never too late to start. Looking for a beat to train with? Try cuing up “Jump Around.”

 

Gordon Raza, BSc

As the technical writer for Flourish, Gord shares his
unique perspective on natural health products, nutrition,
and active living.