Targeted exercise against osteoporosis: A systematic review and meta-analysis for optimising bone strength throughout life

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Show simple item record Nikander, Riku Sievänen, Harri Heinonen, Ari Daly, Robin M Uusi-Rasi, Kirsti Kannus, Pekka 2012-11-19T08:41:41Z 2012-11-19T08:41:41Z 2010
dc.identifier.citation Nikander, R., Sievänen, H., Heinonen, A., Daly, R., Uusi-Rasi, K., & Kannus, P. (2010). Targeted Exercise against Osteoporosis: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis for Optimising Bone Strength throughout Life. BMC Medicine , 8 (47). doi:10.1186/1741-7015-8-47
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dc.description.abstract Background. Exercise is widely recommended to reduce osteoporosis, falls and related fragility fractures, but its effect on whole bone strength has remained inconclusive. The primary purpose of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to evaluate the effects of long-term supervised exercise (≥6 months) on estimates of lower-extremity bone strength from childhood to older age. Methods. We searched four databases (PubMed, Sport Discus, Physical Education Index, and Embase) up to October 2009 and included 10 randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that assessed the effects of exercise training on whole bone strength. We analysed the results by age groups (childhood, adolescence, and young and older adulthood) and compared the changes to habitually active or sedentary controls. To calculate standardized mean differences (SMD; effect size), we used the follow-up values of bone strength measures adjusted for baseline bone values. An inverse variance-weighted random-effects model was used to pool the results across studies. Results. Our quality analysis revealed that exercise regimens were heterogeneous; some trials were short in duration and small in sample size, and the weekly training doses varied considerably between trials. We found a small and significant exercise effect among pre- and early pubertal boys [SMD, effect size, 0.17 (95% CI, 0.02-0.32)], but not among pubertal girls [-0.01 (-0.18 to 0.17)], adolescent boys [0.10 (-0.75 to 0.95)], adolescent girls [0.21 (-0.53 to 0.97)], premenopausal women [0.00 (-0.43 to 0.44)] or postmenopausal women [0.00 (-0.15 to 0.15)]. Evidence based on per-protocol analyses of individual trials in children and adolescents indicated that programmes incorporating regular weight-bearing exercise can result in 1% to8% improvements in bone strength at the loaded skeletal sites. In premenopausal women with high exercise compliance, improvements ranging from 0.5% to 2.5% have been reported. Conclusions. The findings from our meta-analysis of RCTs indicate that exercise can significantly enhance bone strength at loaded sites in children but not in adults. Since few RCTs were conducted to investigate exercise effects on bone strength, there is still a need for further well-designed, long-term RCTs with adequate sample sizes to quantify the effects of exercise on whole bone strength and its structural determinants throughout life.
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dc.publisher BioMed Central (BMC)
dc.relation.ispartofseries BMC Medicine
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dc.rights © 2010 Nikander et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
dc.subject.other osteoporosis en
dc.subject.other bone en
dc.subject.other bone strength en
dc.subject.other exercise en
dc.subject.other osteoporoosi fi
dc.subject.other luusto fi
dc.subject.other luun lujuus fi
dc.subject.other liikunta fi
dc.title Targeted exercise against osteoporosis: A systematic review and meta-analysis for optimising bone strength throughout life
dc.type Article
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:jyu-201804202276
dc.subject.kota 314
dc.contributor.laitos Terveystieteiden laitos fi
dc.contributor.laitos Department of Health Sciences en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1186/1741-7015-8-47 2012-11-15T14:51:27Z
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dc.rights.holder Riku Nikander et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
dc.type.coar journal article
dc.description.reviewstatus peerReviewed
dc.relation.issn 1741-7015
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