A-36 Free Communication/Poster - Bone, Bone Mineral Density, and Connective Tissue Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM Room: WB1
INTRODUCTION: Although several studies have shown associations between anaerobic performance and bone mineral density (BMD) [1,2], little is known concerning the relation between aerobic performance and BMD. Childhood is a key period for the accumulation of BMD [3, 4].The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between maximal oxygen consumption (VO2 max) and BMD in a group of French children.
METHODS: 69 girls and 51 boys (whose ages range from 6 to 16 years participated in this study. Body weight and height were measured, and body mass index (BMI) was calculated. Maximal oxygen consumption (VO2 max) was determined by direct measurement on a bicycle ergometer. Whole body bone mineral content (WB BMC), WB BMD, subtotal BMD (WB BMD less head), L2-L4 BMD, total hip BMD (TH BMD) and femoral neck BMD (FN BMD) were measured by DXA.
RESULTS: In girls, VO2 max (expressed as L/min) was positively correlated to WB BMC (r= 0.61; P<0.001), WB BMD (r=0.63; P<0.001), subtotal BMD (r=0.65; P<0.001), L2-L4 BMD (r=0.62; P<0.001), TH BMD (r=0.61; P<0.001) and FN BMD (r=0.58; P<0.001). In boys,VO2 max (expressed as L/min) was positively correlated to WB BMC (r= 0.72; P<0.001), WB BMD (r=0.68; P<0.001), subtotal BMD (r=0.72; P<0.001), L2-L4 BMD (r=0.64; P<0.001), TH BMD (r=0.75; P<0.001) and FN BMD (r=0.68; P<0.001). In both sexes, the positive associations between VO2 max and bone variables (BMC and BMD) remained significant after adjustment for age (P<0.001).
CONCLUSION: This study suggests that VO2 max (L/min) is a positive determinant of BMC and BMD in growing children. Aerobic performance seems to be a determinant of BMC and BMD in growing children.
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