Category Archives: High-Impact Exercise

Video: Dr. Hofflich “Osteoporosis Update 2013” – Stein Institute for Research on Aging

Here is a nice talk by Dr. Heather Hofflich from May 15, 2013. She’s an Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSD. She gives an overview of osteoporosis and discusses the causes and therapies used to treat it. She also takes a look at recent controversies in treatment plans and vitamin usage.

One thing that bothers me about her talk is that she claims Teriparatide is the only thing in the world that builds bone by increasing osteoblast activity. I’ve posted many studies that found increases in osteoblasts from a variety of things. She also didn’t mention any other potentially helpful dietary supplements besides Calcium and Vitamin D. Like most MDs, she is probably unaware of anything that is not FDA approved.

Volleyball and Basketball > Soccer and Track > Swimming


Weight-bearing exercise and markers of bone turnover in female athletes.

Weight-bearing activity provides an osteogenic stimulus, while effects of swimming on bone are unclear. We evaluated bone mineral density (BMD) and markers of bone turnover in female athletes (n = 41, age 20.7 yr) comparing three impact groups, high impact (High, basketball and volleyball, n = 14), medium impact (Med, soccer and track, n = 13), and nonimpact (Non, swimming, n = 7), with sedentary age-matched controls (Con, n = 7). BMD was assessed by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry at the lumbar spine, femoral neck (FN), Ward’s triangle, and trochanter (TR); bone resorption estimated from urinary cross-linked N-telopeptides (NTx); and bone formation determined from serum osteocalcin. Adjusted BMD (g/cm; covariates: body mass index, weight, and calcium and calorie intake) was greater at the FN and TR in the High group (1.27 +/- 0.03 and 1.05 +/- 0.03) than in the
Non (1.05 +/- 0.04 and 0.86 +/- 0.04) and
Con (1.03 +/- 0.05 and 0.85 +/- 0.05) groups and greater at the TR in the
Med group (1.01 +/- 0.03) than in the
Non (0.86 +/- 0.04) and
Con (0.85 +/- 0.05) groups. Total body BMD was higher in the
High group (4.9 +/- 0.12) than in the
Med (4.5 +/- 0.12),
Non (4.2 +/- 0.14), and
Con (4.1 +/- 0.17) groups and greater in the Med group than in the Non and Con groups. Bone formation was lower in the
Non group (19.8 +/- 2.6) than in the
High (30.6 +/- 3.0) and
Med (32.9 +/- 1.9, P < or = 0.05) groups. No differences in a marker of bone resorption (NTx) were noted. This indicates that women who participate in impact sports such as volleyball and basketball had higher BMDs and bone formation values than female swimmers.

Creighton DL, Morgan AL, Boardley D, Brolinson PG
J. Appl. Physiol. Feb 2001
PMID: 11160054 | Free Full Text