Muscle Forces or Gravity-What Predominates Mechanical Loading on Bone?: Introduction

BECK, BELINDA R.

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: November 2009 - Volume 41 - Issue 11 - pp 2033-2036
doi: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e3181a8c4b6
APPLIED SCIENCES: Symposium

This article describes the background, rationale, significance, and objective of the recent American College of Sports Medicine symposium entitled "Muscle Forces or Gravity-What Predominates Mechanical Loading on Bone?" (55th Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, May 28, 2008) and introduces a series of papers representing the positions taken by three of the speakers at that symposium. Our goal was to reinvigorate discussion on a topic that will inform many, provoke some, and, most importantly, stimulate ideas that will encourage progress in the field of exercise prescription for bone.

School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Griffith University Gold Coast Campus, Griffith University, Queensland, AUSTRALIA

Address for correspondence: Belinda R. Beck, Ph.D., FACSM, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Gold Coast campus, Griffith University, Queensland 4222, Australia; E-mail: b.beck@griffith.edu.au.

Submitted for publication November 2008.

Accepted for publication April 2009.

©2009The American College of Sports Medicine