Bone mineral density in male masters athletes

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Physical activity and sport are major modifiers of bone mineral density. Research also suggests that the more bone mineral density we develop through sport as kids, the better our chances of lowering bone density as fast as older athletes. In contrast, excessive training can have negative effects on the skeleton as a result of bones being very sensitive to hormones that can be disrupted during periods of heavy training, especially in female athletes. Bone density also decreases with age in both males and females but is rarely looked at in masters athletes. This research suggests veteran sprinters have better bone density than veteran distance runners.

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