Osteoporosis causes million hip fractures every year worldwide with a tremendous impact on the public health. You may help us find solutions to mitigate the increasing burden of osteoporosis. While physical exercise is known to improve (or maintain) bone strength, the exercise type and volume for optimal bone health in the hip region are unknown.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering and the NorthWest Academic Centre are jointly studying the effect on bone health of a specific gym exercise treatment based on recent theoretical findings. If you are a woman aged between 18 and 45, conducting a sedentary lifestyle, and willing to start training in a common gym, you might be eligible to participate in the study. Your eligibility will be assessed through a screening questionnaire, and you will be given a detailed description of what participating in the study will involve. Half of the participants will receive instruction of the exercise to be executed no less than four days per week for six months in a gym. The other half will continue unchanged their sedentary lifestyle. Clinical scans (DEXA) taken on both groups at the NorthWest Academic Centre will be used to assess femoral bone changes caused by the exercise intervention.
The study has been approved by the ethics committee of The University of Melbourne (HREC 1339320.3).
For further enquiries, please contact:
Dr. Saulo Martelli
email: saulo [dot] martelli [at] flinders [dot] edu [dot] au