Published in Women's Health Weekly, September 6th, 1999
It is well-known that weight-bearing exercise increases bone mineral density in the stressed skeletal sites. Gymnasts exert stress on most sites of the skeleton, though the ribs and the skull are non-stressed. Do these non-stressed sites give up bone mass to benefit the stressed sites in young athletes' Daniel Courteix, MD, of the University of Orleans, France, and associates believe they do.
"In our young gymnasts, limb and spine BMD measurements were higher than in other groups, and we think that the lower head bone mass has to be considered as a balancing phenomenon which...
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