Journal article

Sports participation and fracture in older Australian men

Kara L Holloway-Kew, David J Moloney, Gosia Bucki-Smith, Natalie K Hyde, Sharon L Brennan-Olsen, Elizabeth N Timney, Amelia G Dobbins, Julie A Pasco



Older men who participated in a sporting activity were less likely to sustain any fracture or major osteoporotic fracture over a 6-year follow-up period. PURPOSE: Regular weight-bearing physical activity can reduce fracture risk through an increase in bone strength, as well as reducing falls risk by improving muscle strength and balance. In this study, we aimed to determine whether a specific type of physical activity, sports participation, reduces fracture risk in older Australian men. METHODS: Participation in sporting activities was documented for men aged 60 years and over enrolled in the Geelong Osteoporosis Study situated in south-eastern Australia. Fractures at any skeletal site (excl..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Australia

Awarded by NHMRC

Funding Acknowledgements

The study was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Australia (Projects 299831, 628582), the Geelong Regional Medical Foundation, Arthritis Foundation of Australia, Perpetual Trustees, and Amgen Europe (GmBH); however, the funding bodies played no part in the design or conduct of the study, the collection, management, analysis and interpretation of the data, nor in the preparation or review of the manuscript. SLBO is supported by an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (1107510). NKH is supported by an Australian Postgraduate Award. KLH-K is supported by an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.