Recreation gymnasts have stronger bones

Former gymnast, assistant professor University of Saskatchewan College of Kinesiology, Marta Erlandson:

“During my PhD I studied recreational gymnastic participants and found that with one to two hours a week, children have better bone strength, especially at the forearm,” said Marta Erlandson, assistant professor in the College of Kinesiology. “This finding is a big advantage, because the upper limb is the most common site of fracture in childhood, with roughly 65 per cent of all fractures being at the wrist.” …

“Since we’ve shown that one to two hours of recreational level skills per week has a positive impact on bone health, we want to take that model into the school and work with teachers so they understand these gymnastic-type activities and how they can have a long-term impact on the bone health of these kids,” she said. …

Strong kids, strong bones