Comparison of bone mineral density between male masters runners and cyclists

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Lajza, David G.
Tribby, Aaron C.
Patterson, Kaitlyn M.
Stover, Caitlin D.
Geddam, David A.R.
Abe, Takashi
Young, Kaelin C.

Lajza, D.G., Tribby, A.C., Patterson, K.M., Stover, C.D., Geddam, D.A., & Abe, T. 2014. Comparison of Bone Mineral Density Between Male Masters Runners and Cyclists. -- In Proceedings: 10th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p.28


For maintenance of bone health during adulthood, weight-bearing exercise is recommended. Cycling is becoming a popular form of exercise for older adults due to reduced impact on weight-bearing joints. Some data suggest that bone mineral density (BMD) is reduced in cyclists due to its low-impact. The purpose of this study was to compare BMD of the spine and proximal femur between 10 male masters runners and 12 cyclists aged 51-76 years using dual energy x-ray absorptiometry. Masters runners had significantly greater BMD of both the total hip (p=0.04) and femoral neck (p=0.01) sites of the non-dominant leg compared to masters cyclists. Similarly, masters runners tended to have greater BMD of the lumbar spine compared to cyclists, but this difference did not reach statistical significance (p=0.053).

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Presented to the 10th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Heskett Center, Wichita State University, April 25, 2014.
Research completed at Department of Exercise Science, College of Education