Short-term and long-term site-specific effects of tennis playing on trabecular and cortical bone at the distal radius

Ducher, Gaele, Tournaire, Nicolas, Meddahi-Pell, Anne, Benhamou, Claude-Laurent and Courteix, Daniel 2006, Short-term and long-term site-specific effects of tennis playing on trabecular and cortical bone at the distal radius, Journal of bone and mineral metabolism, vol. 24, no. 6, pp. 484-490, doi: 10.1007/s00774-006-0710-3.

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Title Short-term and long-term site-specific effects of tennis playing on trabecular and cortical bone at the distal radius
Author(s) Ducher, Gaele
Tournaire, Nicolas
Meddahi-Pell, Anne
Benhamou, Claude-Laurent
Courteix, Daniel
Journal name Journal of bone and mineral metabolism
Volume number 24
Issue number 6
Start page 484
End page 490
Publisher Springer Japan
Place of publication Tokyo, Japan
Publication date 2006-11
ISSN 0914-8779
Keyword(s) growth
unilateral loading
bone mineral density
Summary Mechanical loading during growth magnifies the normal increase in bone diameter occurring in long bone shafts, but the response to loading in long bone ends remains unclear. The aim of the study was to investigate the effects of tennis playing during growth at the distal radius, comparing the bone response at trabecular and cortical skeletal sites. The influence of training duration was examined by studying bone response in short-term (children) and long-term (young adults) perspectives. Bone area, bone mineral content (BMC), and bone mineral density (BMD) of the radius were measured by DXA in 28 young (11.6 ± 1.4 years old) and 47 adult tennis players (22.3 ± 2.7 years old), and 70 age-matched controls (12 children, 58 adults) at three sites: the ultradistal region (trabecular), the mid-distal region, and the third-distal region (cortical). At the ultradistal radius, young and adult tennis players displayed similar side-to-side differences, the asymmetry in BMC reaching 16.3% and 13.8%, respectively (P < 0.0001). At the mid- and third-distal radius, the asymmetry was much greater in adults than in children (P < 0.0001) for all the bone parameters (mid-distal radius, +6.6% versus +15.6%; third-distal radius, +6.9% versus +13.3%, for BMC). Epiphyseal bone enduring longitudinal growth showed a great capacity to respond to mechanical loading in children. Prolonging tennis playing into adulthood was associated with further increase in bone mineralization at diaphyseal skeletal sites. These findings illustrate the benefits of practicing impact-loading sports during growth and maintaining physical activity into adulthood to enhance bone mass accrual and prevent fractures later in life.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s00774-006-0710-3
Field of Research 110602 Exercise Physiology
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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